Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published May 2nd, 2017 by Riverhead Books
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath. 

My thoughts…

I should be honest, I almost gave up on this book early on, it was not easy to get into because of the multiple point of views, I counted ten: Jules Abbott, Josh Whittaker, Niki Sage, Lena Abbott, Sean Townsend, Mark Henderson, Louise Whittaker, Erin Morgan, Patrick Townsend, and Helen Townsend. If that wasn’t enough we also had excerpts from The Downing Pool: Libby, Danielle Abbott, Lauren Townsend, Katie Whittaker and Anne Ward… sheesh, I hope I didn’t leave any characters out! I was halfway through the book before I could keep everyone straight, it was very confusing and hard to keep up with, although once I really got into the story it did get easier.

The entire story takes place in the small-town of Beckford, for it being such a small town some of the residents are hiding big secrets. Jules is back in Beckford after her sister Danielle (Nel) was discovered dead in the towns river. Even though Jules and Nel’s relationship was strained, Jules had to be there to care for Nel’s teenage daughter, Lena.

A section of the river is known as the drowning pool, residents of Beckford believe it to be a lure for women who seem to want to end their lives. It has a tainted history that reaches far back with the drowning deaths of young women accused of being witches. Nel had lived by the river her entire life, and most of her memories pretty much revolved around the river and the drowning pool. Nel had an unhealthy obsession with the river and the deaths of the young ladies that lost their lives there.

Nel’s death appears to be a suicide, as did Katie’s death before her, Lena’s best friend. Jules does not believe that her sister committed suicide, especially since her obsession with the drowning pool. Jules discovers that her sister is writing a book, The Drowning Pool, about the river and the mysteries deaths. Once Nel began to interview the residents of Beckford she discovered that some did not want their secrets told and they were angry with her need to hunt for the truth.

I did enjoy this book once I was able to get over the confusion, it flowed rather quickly and the ending was perfect. I did not see that coming, I had to read the last page over just to make sure I read it correctly the first time. I would certainly read another book by Paula Hawkins.

Happy Reading -J


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