Here’s the back cover blurb:
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.
My thoughts on Into the Water…
I enjoyed the slow build of The Girl on the Train, and in many ways Into the Water does the same thing, slowly weaving together a story of suspense and murder. The beginning of the novel is a little disorienting as many characters/narrators are introduced, but suddenly the voices snap into place.
The town has a history of women drowning in the river that winds its way through the community. Nel Abbot was obsessed with the Drowning Pool, so much so that she was working on a book to tell the stories of the women who had drowned throughout the town’s history. But, when Nel drowns, it’s anyone’s guess if she jumped or if she was pushed. Theories float around as Nel’s daughter and sister unravel the town’s secrets and stumble into unexpected danger.
Mysterious and a little creepy, Into the Water sucks you in and has you questioning everything. No one is reliable, and as the pieces snap together a very different picture is seen from what one expected at the beginning. If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train, then you won’t want to miss Into the Water.
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