Published by Riverhead Books on May 2, 2017
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.
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.
I’m back again with yet another book review. I know… I know too many books and not enough real life content, but more of that is coming soon. I have a few ideas that hopefully will turn into something 😉
Let’s get back to the topic at hand. This book review in case you haven’t noticed is about the book Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. This was the Paper & Glam book club pick for March, I know I’m a bit behind on those books, but I’m working on catching up.
If you have been with the blog for a while, you will know that I’m not the biggest fan of Paula Hawkins work (i.e. I hated Girl on the Train, read that review here )so I was pleasantly surprised that I mildly enjoyed Into the Water. It definitely had more twists and turns that I was expecting, but still written in the same Paula Hawkins flair.
In this story, we find ourselves meeting Jules, who has just found out that her sister may have committed suicide by going into the water in their hometown. Jules is also surprised to find that she is left guardian of her sister’s daughter, Lena. While it takes a while for Jules to get her feet under her being back in her hometown and her sister’s house drives her crazy with memories of the past. It also doesn’t help that Lena bears an uncanny resemblance to her sister. The town investigators inform Jules that in addition to researching her sister’s death they are also researching the death of a young woman that also went into the water earlier that Summer. The investigation starts to get heated once it is brought to light that Jules’s sister was trying to write a book on all the women that went into the water.
I will try and keep my promise to not spoil the ending of the book too much. The book did leave me wanting a bit more, like to really know what happened to Mark Henderson and what was to become of Sean Townsend. While, the multiple voices seemed to add to the narrative of the book, the leaping back and forth in time seemed to confuse the process. I often found that I needed to concentrate on the book just to figure out where and what time we were in. I did love that excerpts of Nell, Jules’s sister’s book was included in parts. I thought that this helped add to the storyline on why she was killed. Overall, while I didn’t hate the book I can’t really recommend it either. It left me wanting more from the characters and a cleaner ending.
Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought. I also added a Currently Reading section in my sidebar instead of the usual books I’ve read. If you have any recommendations for books I should read this year, let me know 🙂 Also if you see any books that I’m reading and don’t see a review, you can always hop to my Goodreads to see a short review there. I’ll see you soon with another post.