Into the Water

Title: Into the Water

Author: Paula Hawkins

Published: May 2nd, 2017

Pages: 386

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Check out from Parker, CO Library



Goodreads Description: 

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .Wreath(13)-Black


Things I enjoyed about this book: 

The idea of this book was interesting and I liked the overall concept of Into the Water and felt like Paula did a wonderful job creating an eerie scene that captivated my senses and helped me visualize. Although there were many characters, Paula did do a great job at developing them throughout the novel. She had me wanting to know more about Nel prior to her death.

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: 

This book was S-L-O-W. The build up was slow, the characters were slow, and the plot just  stumbled along. I can usually read a book within a week but this one took longer. It’s not that I didn’t want to read it, but it didn’t grab me and pull me in like her debut novel. It was a little more predictable too. It was hard to follow until the middle because there were so many characters. Even by the end when Paula was wrapping up the story I found myself asking, “wait, who was that one again?”



Paula Hawkins deserves 2 out 5 bird feathers for her novel Into the Water. Two sounds harsh, but it just didn’t draw me in like other suspense novels. I was able to put this one down instead of fighting the tired in my eyes. I felt obligated to read it because of her debut novel. Paula does have a way of words, but this one was too slow and jumbled. If you pick it up, give it some time. I didn’t hate it, but it’s not the first one I will be recommending to fellow readers!

Parent’s Guide:

Although it is an adult fiction… A lot of swearing, it does discuss rape, sex, and murder.


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