INTO THE WATER
by PAULA HAWKINS
I was looking for something different when I picked up Into The Water by Paula Hawkins and I got it. It’s a sleepy read, that takes a little bit of work to stay focused, but in the end, it was worth it. The novel meanders slowly into some crazy twists and turns, until it finally comes to a stunning conclusion.
I haven’t read Girl On The Train yet, but after listening to the audiobook of Into The Water I’ll be checking out Hawkins’ other title. Into The Water is set in a small town that is defined by the river that runs through it. Above the river is a high cliff that has taken the lives of many women. Most of the town people assume the women that go into the water are suicides, but mysteries build up over the years…and some aren’t convinced that these women chose to end their own life.
When the river takes two more women, one a single mother, the other a teenage girl, the history of the river begins to be revealed as their family members are not willing to let their deaths go.
Hawkins has a unique and distinctly British way of characterization. Her story was different and a bit disconcerting at times, but her way around the “secret” was well-done. At the end, I did find that some of her story was geared to perpetuate the “psychological thriller” aspect of the novel and the reveal, while a relative surprise, wasn’t a jaw-dropper. The overall story had some slow parts, and a lot of introspection and past-reveals that were a bit hard to get through, but they were worth the wait in the end. If you like twists and turns, you’ll like this one.
“Beckford is not a suicide spot. Beckford is a place to get rid of troublesome women.”
Into the Water by Paula HawkinsNarrator: Rachel Bavidge, Rachel Bavidge
Published by Penguin Audiobooks on May 2nd 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. With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers around the world in her novel The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered plot, interwoven with a powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict."
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