Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.” – Paula Hawkins

Synopsis: 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 . . .

When I read The Girl on the Train in the beginning of last year, I was very excited. It turned out to be an amazing book. When I heard that Into the Water was coming out, I wanted to read it really badly. I still don’t know how to exactly feel about it.

The story was told the same way as The Girl on the Train. Short chapters from different povs, and different timelines. I noticed that I found it a lot more difficult to understand the plot with all the different times and characters in this book compared to her first book. There were so many characters, that I had to stop reading and think about who was who for some time. Also the story itself was good, but it felt like it could be told in less pages and some parts felt redundant for me. Everything was set around the Drowning Pool, and I expected a story about it that was more interesting than what it turned out to be.

The people from this little town in England all carry secrets with them. And none of these secrets are good. When the story got further, I felt a little confused by everyone’s secrets. There was so much going on, and at times I couldn’t link everything together anymore. I feel like you need to binge-read this book to really keep track of everything going. Everytime I read further, I needed time to get my mind straight on the story.

I gave this book 3/5 stars. I didn’t hate this book, but it was really hard to keep up with. See also my review on The Girl on the Train.

Happy reading!


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