July 10, 2017

Book Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Title: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: River Head Books
Release Date: May 02,2017
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Length: 386 pages
Source: Purchased
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Find it Here: Amazon // Goodreads

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 Review:

I read The Girl on the Train a few years back and after finishing the book I knew that Paula Hawkin's would have a writing career that I would want to follow. Normally I find multiple POV's and going back in forth in time to be confusing and not all that remarkable, but Paula Hawkin's made it easy to follow and actually quite enjoyable.

As soon as Into the Water was announced as Paula Hawkin's sophomore novel, I knew I'd probably purchase it and read it immediately which is what I did! Where as The Girl on the Train was more fast-paced with a plot line I found very entertaining, Into the Water is more character driven with a deep dark mystery brewing behind the surface. Into the Water takes place in a small down that has what all the townspeople call "the drowning pool." As part of their history, way back in the day during the witch trials, many women were murdered in this small lake after being accused of being a witch. Ever since, women have taken their own lives by jumping from the rocks into this "drowning pool."

Although Into the Water seems to be an investigation of these women who have committed suicide in "the drowning pool", it quickly begins to reveal the secrets lurking behind all these people who have lived in the town for many years. All the rumors about the women who died in "the drowning pool" turn out to be just that; rumors and soon the truth about what really happened to most of these women is shockingly uncovered.

Into the Water is a must read for those who already read and loved The Girl on the Train! Paula Hawkins is really showing her range of writing in Into the Water and I can only expect more great novels to come!

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