Into the Water

This newest novel by The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins is about a river where women have died for centuries. When a teenage girl and a woman die there mere months apart, it resurfaces many of the past deaths and the mysteries surrounding them. Especially because the recently deceased woman, Nel Abbott, was working on a book about the river’s history. Told through many different perspectives, this book not only tries to solve the history of Nel’s death, but the mysteries of the other women who have died there.

The book mainly follows Jules Abbott, Nel’s estranged sister. Due to a childhood trauma, Jules does not speak to Nel, even when she tries to call her repeatedly. When Nel dies, Jules is placed in charge of Lena, Nel’s “hot girl” daughter. Lena was also best friends with Katie, the teenager who died. These two characters are the main hubs between all of the other characters.

One of my favorite parts of this book is the structure. At first the multitude of characters and points of view was overwhelming. But it allowed Hawkins to unravel this small town and its secrets a little at a time. A picturesque town with a dark history slowly falls apart as we learn more.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. This one was more to my taste than The Girl on the Train, but that’s personal preferences. I can’t wait to read whatever she publishes next.

4/5

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