Reading Into the Water was a very different experience for a person like me who doesn’t read much from the crime or thriller genre. Although Paula Hawkins made a name for herself around the world with her novel The Girl on the Train, I had no interest in her book, and I actually ran away from it on purpose. When I finally said that I should watch the film, contrary to my expectations, I encountered an excellent story, and I was not as nervous or scared as I expected. So I wanted to give this bestseller a try. I’m glad I did.
Into the Water is a story that circles around a mystical pond. This river and pond have been burying women in their dark depths for years, destroying them. Most of all, they prefer women who are disobedient, who do not bow their heads in this world where men rule. And finally, this river suffocates Nel. A few days before her death, Nel seeks help from her sister, Jules, whom she had not met in years. However, Jules does not even take her sister seriously because of an incident when she was young and what happened after.
When news of her death comes, she is forced to return to that sinister town where she was born but never wanted to return because Nel’s daughter Lena is now alone. After Jules arrives in town, the curtain slowly opens, but I can say that the reader is as confused as Jules and the other characters while reading about all the mysteries. On the one hand, there is a very tragic family drama and an exciting mystery in Into the Water.
If you like reading these kinds of books, you may enjoy reading Into the Water.
Into the Water
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.
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.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestselling novels, Into The Water and The Girl on The Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Into the Water was also a Sunday Times and New York Times #1 bestseller, selling 4 million copies worldwide. Her upcoming thriller, A Slow Fire Burning, is due to be published on the 31st August 2021. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now splits her time between London and Edinburgh.
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