Book Review: Into the Water

Book Review: Into the WaterInto the Water
by Paula Hawkins
Pages: 386
Published by Riverhead Books
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller
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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.

My Takeaway 

“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”
Paula Hawkins, Into the Water

I enjoyed Into the Water but felt it lacked some oomph. I am not going to compare Into the Water to her first blockbuster, Girl on a Train. The books are notably different, which is not a bad thing. Initially, I felt there were too many characters and had a hard time keeping track of who was who (had to go back and re-read some parts). However, once I got a feel for all of the personalities, I was fine. So yes, I was fond of Into the Water, but it did not give me the rush I was hoping for. The ending did not catch me off guard nor was it as shocking as I anticipated. Nevertheless, the story is well developed and in the future, I will continue to get excited when she releases a new novel because she’s an outstanding and impeccable writer.

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