Into the Water by Paula Hawkins || Book Review

I fell for the hype to read this book because of this author’s book, The Girl on the Train.

I haven’t read the book yet, it’s still patiently waiting on the shelf, but I’ve watched the movie and it was a rollercoaster.

Another nudge came from the fact that this book won the 2017 GoodReads Choice Award for Best Thriller.

It was okay, maybe a little more than okay, but it wasn’t good enough for me to give it the highest rating.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: The letter I in the A-Z Book Challenge 2022
Originally published: 2017

Pages: 356
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

‘Julia, it’s me. I need you to call me back. Please, Julia, it’s important…’

In the last days before her death, Nel Abbott 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…


This wasn’t an easy read because you have to get used to a bunch of diverse characters and you’re left reshuffling your thoughts to remember each one and their significance to the story.

There were twists throughout the book but they weren’t all too hard to figure out towards the end, which lost the element of surprise for the plot. I finished the book to see if I was right about the who and why, not because it kept my attention on the story.

There’s a lot of lying and a lot of blaming, and trust me, there’s a lot of blame to go around. The ending wasn’t great, just a good for me.


The only thing that really saved the book for me was that the pace picked up by the second half and there was a little more going on, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have finished it.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.59 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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