Into the Water is Paula Hawkins latest book after her runaway success
with Girl on The Train
Jules is pulled back to the place where she grew up when her sister’s body is pulled from the drowning pool.
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.
Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.
But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.
And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .
I really didn’t like Girl on the train – totally didn’t get the hype at all. So I didn’t have high expectations of this one.
I just don’t think I’m a fan of her style – I dislike the confusing way she gives different points of view to try and distract the reader. When really she’s just telling a very simple story with a predictable twist that could be over in a chapter.
The unnecessary perspective changes cause the book to move slowly which eliminates any tension we might have felt. As the reader, we don’t need to try to piece together on our own… though she does choose obvious plot twists.
I didn’t find Into the water creepy. Or a thriller. The towns ‘secrets’ are only kept by a few people that aren’t and weren’t really speculated on by the townspeople. There is a bit of a supernatural element which is briefly mentioned, used to bridge the gap to help the character’s get to where they need to go. Sadly, It just doesn’t hold up as a “psychological thriller” for me.