Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

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Woohoo! Book number 45 of 2018! Into The Water by Paula Hawkins was another library book sale purchase. I read The Girl On The Train a year or so ago. I didn’t love it, and I definitely didn’t understand why they made a movie out of it. However, I won’t give up on an author just based on one book.

The Story

Into The Water is another book told from a bunch of different perspectives. Mostly, it’s present tense with a little bit of “memories”. There are a couple of chapters in there that are from the past, but it works in well and is integral for the storytelling.

The book takes place in a small town in the UK. Somehow, no matter where you drive or how many turns you take, you “always end back at the river”. It’s this ominous extra character that plays a part in everyone’s story. The real heart of the river is the Drowning Pool. Over the years, there have been too many unexplained deaths.

A local author is investigating the deaths and writing a novel from each of their perspectives. Then, she shows up dead. Into The Water gets to the bottom of (almost) all of the suspicious deaths.

Would I Recommend?

If you’re looking for an entertaining read, I’d definitely recommend Into The Water. However, I did feel a bit let down in the end. I felt like the majority of the novel was just spinning in circles. Then, the truth comes out in the last sentence on the last page, and you feel like you were dragged along for the whole book. It wasn’t a twist that I didn’t see coming. It felt more misleading and unnecessary. I’ll give it to Paula Hawkins though, Into The Water did keep me engaged until the very end in the hopes that I would get to the bottom of the Drowning Pool mystery.

Check back on the blog tomorrow for a round up of ALL of the books from 2018, and be sure to follow along on my Bookstagram Challenge on @downthebookjar.

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