Books, Thriller/Mystery

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins Book Review

I don’t want to cry all the time, it makes my chest hurt and my throat hurt, and the worst thing is that no one comes to help me. There’s no one left to help me.”

Excerpt From
Into the Water byPaula Hawkins
Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

Paula Hawkins’ previous novel, The Girl On The Train, became a No. 1 bestselling novel and a box office hit movie, but as a book critic, I wasn’t impressed with her first novel, so when I went to a bookstore to buy some books to read and one of the sales ladies recommended this one, I hesitated because I didn’t want to be disappointed, but at the end of my book searching, I finally decided to purchase this novel.

This novel made me so uncomfortable that I felt chills all over. I enjoy reading mystery/thriller novels, so this one piqued my interest. It definitely captivated my mind, and I’m sometimes afraid to read it. I’ve read a lot of horror books in the past, but this one is unlike any of them. Unlike her previous work, Into the Water had a happy ending since her first novel, The Girl On The Train, seemed like a Gone Girl story.

The only drawback to this story was the large number of characters. Although not as many as the characters in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, the large number of characters might be confusing to readers. Since even I became perplexed because the way each character’s voice is written has the same tale telling or sound. But, putting that aside, the narrative of the book is unexpected and will have you on the edge of your seat. It did an excellent job with the whodunnit, and even though I guessed the culprit, it still provided a riveting reading experience for me.

I would strongly suggest it to everyone who enjoys reading mystery/thriller novels.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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