Book: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Synopsis: 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 . . .
Review: Straight off I knew it was going to be different than her other novel. The tone and pace made it feel like it was a different author. Which was incredible, you can not find many authors who are capable of achieving such a skill.
I didn’t like the character Jules at first, as we were connected to her during the first few chapters. I found myself appreciating all of the characters after a while, because I realised that they felt quite ‘fleshy’. They were real and human, each having flaws and moments of indecision.
The story itself was really appealing to me, it had a lot of mystery and intrigue and I couldn’t figure out what had happened. It kept me guessing right to the last page. There were tense moments where I didn’t know what would happen and I was hooked to the page.
I was afraid that it would end on an obvious reveal, but there was a last minute shock. I did not see the last page coming, and I really loved that the pace did not let up until the very end.
It is hard to compare it to her other novel, which I don’t like doing anyway because it negates from the purpose, because it was so different in structure and style. Like I said, it is so impressive that she has achieved this. It means she is capable of taking her readers another way, and missing the trap that most writers fall in, of having the same writing tone and becoming boring.