The one book everyone will be reading this summer: Into the Water

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.

There’s a lot of buzz around Paula Hawkins’ new thriller, Into the Water, so I was super excited when I saw that the novel would be part ofΒ the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

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 fromβ€”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 surfaceβ€”you never know what lies beneath.

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.

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.

What will you read next?

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17 comments

  1. I haven’t read either. The way you describe this sounds good. I must put it on my to-read list.

    I really don’t know what I’m going to read next. I have been reading Haruki Murakami a lot lately, and moving on from that doesn’t feel very easy. πŸ™‚

    Sometimes it’s hard to tell from the back cover blurb (or even from reading the first page) what a book is going to be like. This is why reviews are great for us readers. And for writers I know, bloggers are a very important way to get the word out.

  2. I really enjoyed Girl on the Train so I think I’d read this! I know a lot of people didn’t love it, but it totally gripped me.

  3. I saw when you posted this on IG and I then added it to my Goodreads. Now that you’ve finished it, which would you say is better: Into the Water or The Girl on the Train?
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    1. I think I liked The Girl on the Train a little better, but I enjoyed them both πŸ™‚

  4. Well I didn’t particularly love Girl on the Train.. I liked it, the premise was very interesting but the story overall I found lacking. Into the Water is on my TBR list.. may still give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing your review.