Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins
Genres: Fiction / Mystery / Crime Fiction
The men bind her again. Different this time: left thumb to right toe, right thumb to left. The rope around her waist. This time, they carry her into the water.
“Please,” she starts to beg, because she’s not sure that she can face it, the blackness and the cold…
…She sinks. By the time they drag her out the second time, her lips are the blue of a bruise, and her breath is gone for good.”
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 . . .
Ugh, whhhhyyyyyyyy!!!???? Why was this book such a let down?? What did Paula Hawkins do that was so different to The Girl on the Train?! Sigh…
It took me roughly 3/4 of the book to finally understand who’s who, without having to read 1-2 pages of their designated chapter and that was my biggest pet peeve. What was with the large amount of characters that the plot followed? Why couldn’t the plot be solely told through the protagonist, who I am still confused as to whether it was Jules or Lena, but either would have been fine.
The plot was interesting and intriguing, but my focused wained due to the confusion from all the different angles and I began resenting this book by page 200.
This was my main holiday read over the Christmas break and I’m somewhat disappointed that I stuck with it.
2/5 stars 😦