2 Nov 2017

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

REVIEW BY ROSAMUND FEENEY

It's always tough for an author to follow up from a successful debut novel, especially when it was one as successful as The girl on the train. However, Paula Hawkins has managed to pull off yet another gripping story with Into the water.

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Set in a small town with a river running through, the story begins with the drowning of resident Nell, which the locals are quick to dismiss as a suicide. Nell's death causes her estranged sister to move back to town, and through her we discover that there is a dark history of women drowning in the river. As the story unfolds, we learn that these deaths aren't the only thing that is unsettling about the town, and begin to suspect that there may be more to Nell's death than we know.

Like The girl on the train, Hawkins tells the story from different perspectives, with each chapter shifting to another character’s point of view. This was a little confusing at first, as she does change perspective quite fast, however it makes for an interesting read as without a main protagonist the river becomes the central character of the story. One aspect of Hawkins’ writing is that she creates characters which are flawed in some way, and does not always wrap up their stories neatly. It is this realism, which is in both The girl on a train and Into the water, that I find lingers with me and makes her such a fantastic author. I found this book difficult to put down and am looking forward to Hawkins’ next one.