Into the Water by Paula Hawkins is book that dividing my Goodreads friends into 2 camps. Team-loving-it, and Team-abandoning-it-quickly. And I relate to both!Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Published by Penguin Books Limited (UK) on May 2nd 2017
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
Thoughts on Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Yes all the points of view confused and annoyed me, but it’s worth paddling on through the various perspectives. Eventually it all pulls together. All the voices form a gruesome tale, with a shocking finale. What does help is some pov’s will go back over previous scenes from the view of a different character, and this aided my struggling brain to make sense of the story.
The Drowning Pool is the pivot of the story arc. Many women have drowned in the pool over the years, and the various voices tell their tragic stories. Some are historical (including a witch drowning) and some are contemporary. The latest drowning is the current mystery, and it’s not as straight forward as it first appears.
The biggest plus is the writing is so refreshing. It flows as naturally, and as beautifully as the water which is such a centre point of the plot. In a strange way I found it hypnotic. I’d recommend the audiobook, as when you hear the words spoken, the rhythm is even more obvious. Plus the audiobook is a full cast production, so again this helps distinguish the various voices.
A glance at my Goodreads progress status might giveaway more than my review is doing.
- 10.0% “It’s dark, and different to what I expected. Not sure yet, if that’s a good thing or a bad thing!”
- 12.0% “But the words are fabulous.”
- 15.0% “So. Many. Narrators. I’m confused and puzzled. Confuzzled!”
- 60.0% “Another narrator that I’ve have zero recollection of. Sorry book. It’s not me, it’s you!”
- 100% “Eeekkkk, that’s how you end a book with a bang!”
Overall I think it’s a book worth persevering with. It’s not an easy read, but if you push through you are rewarded with a fascinating story in a strangely bleak and beautiful setting.
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Who should read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins?
I’d recommend this to you if you can cope with umpteen narrators (about 13, I think), and appreciate dark settings, and dark themes. It is very VERY different to The Girl on the Train, so do be aware of that. Fans of Tina Seskis, Tana French and Gillian Flynn might also enjoy.