Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
Publication Date: May 2017
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹✹
“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.”
“No one liked to think about the fact that the water in that river was infected with the blood and bile of persecuted women, unhappy women; they drank it every day.”
This might be a bold statement, but I actually preferred this novel to The Girl on the Train. And I loved The Girl on the Train.
Into The Water has a bunch of diverse characters, whose narratives we follow throughout the novel to try to figure out how Nel Abbot mysteriously died in the river that she loved so much. Each character is fairly difficult to suss out and they each have secrets of their own. The fact that each chapter was bite sized was an added bonus, and upped my intrigue as you are left wondering who did what to who. Well, Hawkins captured the psychology of relationships so brilliantly in this novel, and explores strained and uneasy relationships, newfound friendships, and strong kinship’s that are put to the test of a very secretive and draining pressure.
There was something of a slow start, but nonetheless I was gripped from the beginning. All of the hints at witchcraft and mysterious deaths created a sinister air, and left me wondering where this story was actually going.
Paula Hawkins created a fascinating read, and excels at keeping the reader off balance. There are twists throughout which lead you to one conclusion, only to take a swift U-turn onto another. The writing was very compelling and flowed beautifully. A well deserved 5 stars. I cannot wait to see what Paula Hawkins comes up with next.
About The Author:
Paula Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe, and now lives in London. Hawkins worked as a journalist for 15 years before starting to write fiction. She is the author of The Girl on the Train and her newest novel, Into the Water. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train was published in 50 countries and over 40 languages. It has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture.