Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
First published in Great Britain in 2017 by Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Synopsis from my paperback edition
" 'Julia, It's me. I need you to call me back. Please, Julia. It's important...'
In the last days before her death, Nel Abbott 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 ..."
As I was looking for new books to read, I saw Paula Hawkins’ Into The Water. I had already read Girl on the Train a while back and was more than interested to read another book by her. Girl on the Train had me questioning my own capability to asses other people within a few chapters. So, when I saw Into The Water I was thrilled to see whether it would be a similar reading experience.
While I expected to be as irritated and confused – both in a kind of positive way, if that’s even possible – by the story and its characters as I had been when I’d read Girl on the Train, I soon realised that wouldn’t be the case. The characters might have been odd and, to some extent, unreadable when it came to their true feelings, their true motives, but it wasn’t as confusing or surprising to find out certain things about them as it had been when I’d read Hawkins’ first thriller. Of course, there were many moments in each of the two books when I thought ‘What the hell is happening right now?’. Yet, the two still proofed to be quite different and so was my reading experience, at least in some ways.
In the beginning, I have to admit, I was a little confused. Not because of the story but rather because of the fact that Hawkins switches between writing perspectives. For some of the characters of the book she chose the first person narrator, for others the third person narrator. While I thought it would make the whole experience less enjoyable at first, I have to admit that I actually really liked the way in which the whole book was written after a few chapters. The changing perspectives made the book even more interesting and made it even more difficult to put it down – at least in my opinion.
So, would I recommend Into The Water? Certainly. Not only was it a great book which was difficult to put down and made me hold my breath more than once. It was also interesting to see how enjoyable different writing perspectives within one big story can be. Paula Hawkins’ Into The Water might not exactly be as irritating and surprising as her first thriller, Girl on the Train, but it is definitively worth a read. I really enjoyed and loved it from the beginning to the end!