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 . . .
It’s been a while since I’ve done a review and giveaway, so now seems like the perfect time. I’ve been on annual leave this week, which has meant two things; going on adventures and tackling my TBR pile… It’s seemingly never-ending!
I’ve had Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water sitting at the top of that pile since it came out. After the success of The Girl on the Train (my review of which can be found here), I was keen to see what Hawkins was up to next. Having spoken to a few people who had read it and read a fair few reviews, I knew it wasn’t going to feel quite the same, but Hawkins’ writing style was definitely maintained throughout.
Into the Water doesn’t seem to have picked up the same sensational traction as TGOTT, however I think it will only be a matter of time. One of the main reasons I liked the debut was because of the main character, Rachel, who was just as dislikable as she was likeable. Hawkins has carried that skill over into her second novel, with several strong females who are both. Just as I began to like Nel, I hated her again. Just as I began to feel sorry for Lena, she irritated me again. The only character that I felt was lacking, was Jules, the main (or as main as you can get through Hawkins’ writing style) protagonist. If I am honest, she doesn’t seem to have much personality. While this could be attributed to her past (an excellent twist, might I add), unfortunately, I feel like it’s mostly just lack of development.
One real virtue of Hawkins’ writing style is the way she has mastered turning innocuous hints into major plot twists. As in TGOTT, this novel is full of twists and turns that make it yet another page turner. I finished this in a day – I mean, the weather was glorious, so what else was going to happen?
If I were going to pick a real negative point to this novel, it would be the ending. While pace and speed builds a heightened sense of anxiety key to this kind of novel, this did feel rushed. I also feel like there were some threads that were explored and not really picked up in the resolution. While I’m not one of those people who can’t deal with unresolved plot points (I love a good cliffhanger), there were a few aspects that I feel needed more development; Jeanette’s story and link to the main plot, as well as Sean’s final chapter both felt a little unfinished, almost. I think this is work-round-able, as the rest of the plot is well developed enough to carry these points, but I almost feel like Jeanette and Nicki’s relationship to the story wasn’t needed, and that Sean’s final chapter was a little rushed.
As novels go, this was a solid effort. If I am honest, I preferred TGOTT, but that doesn’t mean Into the Water isn’t worth a read.
And it’s that time again! It really has been forever, so it’s about time I give you a chance to win a brand new copy of Into the Water. To enter, simply leave me a recommendation in the comments below, or on my Facebook page post. I will be choosing a winner on SUNDAY JULY 2nd!