Into the Water by Paula Hawkins Review
Hello Everyone!! I have a new review for you, albeit a day late. My review schedule will probably be a bit wonky over the next month or two, and I'm going to apologize in advance for it. With our upcoming cross-country move, my routine is thrown off completely. But I promise I will try my best to keep posting...as I know I will still be reading. 😀
Booksparks will be sending me books throughout the summer to review for their Summer Reading Challenge!! (Check out my Instagram for photos of all their goodies as they arrive!!) I was blessed to be picked as an Influencer, and have been pinching myself ever since. The boxes I've received have not only held mostly hard cover copies of some amazing new books, but also beach bags, Itunes gift cards, and more. I'm a lucky girl! And the first book of the summer is the highly anticipated book Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train!
This mystery is going to be a hard one to summarize, but I'll try.
A River runs through the town of Beckford, and it has a bend in it known as the Drowning Pool. Throughout the years numerous women have died there, either by suicide or at the hands of others. Jules is called in the early morning hours and told that her estranged sister Danielle (Nel to her friends) has been found dead in the Drowning Pool, so she returns to the town she grew up in...and quickly left behind...to make arrangements and to take care of Nel's teen daughter Lena. When she arrives you learn that Lena's best friend also died in the pool a few months back, and Nel was writing a book about the Drowning Pool and it's many mysteries. So...was it a suicide, or did Nel anger the wrong person?? And what caused the rift between Nel and Jules? Is there something truly sinister going on in Beckford?
The Mysteries in Beckford are too numerous to summarize really, and I found the book to be incredibly intriguing, although completely different from The Girl on the Train. I'm giving it 4 stars, but I think I might be in the minority on really liking it, which I think happens often when it's the book AFTER an author's BIG HIT.
This novel is a true complicated mystery, and you really don't know exactly what happened until the very last sentence of the book (so no skipping ahead, you heathens!!). There are a multitude of characters, and in the beginning it will feel like every chapter is written from the perspective of someone new...and you will be extremely confused. Think George R.R. Martin, or The Casual Vacancy for J.K. Rowling. Plus I would say that The River is another very important character in the story. During the first 1/4 I kept flipping back to remind myself of who on earth this person narrating was, but after awhile I began to get the characters straight in my mind, and found myself fully engaged. It didn't help that initially I was interrupted a lot, and had to keep putting the book down. This is definitely a novel that requires you paying attention to what you're reading.
It kind-of reminded me of the show Broadchurch, if you've ever seen it. (If you haven't, I highly recommend you search it out...as it's an amazing show. Plus it has David Tennant in it.) Everyone has something going on...some agenda, or secret...no one is as they first appear really. And a lot of the drama would've never occurred if people would've just had a freakin' conversation with each other.
So, if you don't mind your mysteries complicated and drawn out, with a massive cast of characters, none of which are truly likable....don't hesitate to pick this one up. If you are someone who complained you needed a cheat sheet to watch Game of Thrones, this book probably isn't for you. But I enjoyed it. I told my husband, I just needed to figure out if Nel killed herself or not...and for that I had to wait until the very end. And I was satisfied...
These are the other books that were sent to me for May, so expect reviews of them in the next few weeks!! Let me know if any of them are on your reading list for the summer! And pray that my move goes smoothly. It's been a little over 5 years since we relocated, and it feels like the older we get the harder it is to transition to a new place. But I'm very excited to live on the East Coast for the first time EVER...and maybe have the chance to do some new and exciting things on the blog because of it!