Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Posted October 6, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

4 Stars


Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Published by Riverhead Books
Released: May 2nd 2017
Narrator: Daniel Weyman, Imogen Church, Laura Aikman, Rachel Bavidge, Sophie Aldred
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

 

Recommended Read!

“Paula Hawkins kept me interested, paying attention, analyzing, wondering about the possibilities.”
~ Under the Covers

This is my first Paula Hawkins read.  Shocking, I know, because THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN was so incredibly popular.  But I tend to get scared of books that get so much attention unless I read them early on because I often have such high expectations that the book could never deliver and satisfy me.  That’s how I’ve felt with Ms. Hawkins first book.   But when INTO THE WATER came out I knew I wanted to read it.  First, there’s the cool cover.  I mean who can resist it?  But the story seemed interesting and I just wanted to try her writing.  Sort of dip my toes in.

This has been one of the psychological thrillers I’ve enjoyed the most this year.  I say that because of how it’s structured and presented, but also because of how it ends.  The small town setting of this book and the dreaded Drowning Pool give this an eerie vibe that was captivating.  The Drowning Pool has seen a few deaths throughout the years.  Most recently Nel, who seemed to be the less likely one of the victims.  Her sister Jules comes back to town and has to deal with all the hidden emotions that town and her sister bring out in her.  Long buried memories and hurt.  And as she deals with that internal conflict she must figure out what really happened to her sister and how she became another victim to jump to her death at the Drowning Pool.  The pacing is a bit slow but I think that serves this story well.

Generally with this genre I tend to not necessarily connect with the character(s) in the way I do with other genres.  I don’t get involved, I observe and analyze.  It’s the one thing I’ve always loved about mysteries since I was a little girl.  I’m constantly analyzing what is being said, what new clues we are given and how they can steer us in a direction.  I do this subconsciously.  Paula Hawkins kept me interested, paying attention, analyzing, wondering about the possibilities.  Questioning why my only thought was the obvious thought.  And then she managed to surprise me in the end with something that was in plain sight.  So kudos to Ms. Hawkins because I think she did her job really well!

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About Paula Hawkins

PAULA HAWKINS worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train was published in 50 countries and over 40 languages. It has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

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3 responses to “Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

  1. I swear! Before I even scrolled down to read the review I said to myself what a cool cover!!! If its a cool cover me and you are sure to want it (lol)!! Great review Francesca, on my tbr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

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