"Into The Water" is the second book written by global bestselling author Paula Hawkins. Considering I didn't connect with "The Girl On a Train" at all, I therefore didn't know what to expect from "Into The Water". However, I was very pleasantly surprised at just how much I truly enjoyed this entertaining book - its completely different in every aspect and although slow burning it still races along and keeps you constantly entertained.
Blurb - '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.....'
There are quite a few characters to get your head around initially but there's a very helpful cast at the front of the book that really helped and it all soon fell into place and I was immersed in them all. Once I understood how they related to each other, I enjoyed uncovering their story and point of view and unraveling the dark and twisty mystery. Written in quite a unique format, the story is told through the multiple viewpoint of all the main characters whose narrative is rather unreliable, showing just how easily memories can be washed away and truths hidden. I was mostly ambivalent about the characters but I did like Nickie Sage and loved how she brought some light hearted fun to the story.
Most of the characters were grieving in some capacity and this did make for quite a sombre ambiance at times but with a underlying theme of strong women and their power over others and a background history of witches being persecuted in a drowning pool, I thoroughly enjoyed the lovely story. It was deeply satisfying and even now, days later I'm still thinking about it. I loved the description of the fictional riverside town of Beckford and enjoyed that the locale was set in a neighbouring area of mine and liked that I could relate to the areas mentioned.
I do think this will be another 'love it or hate it' book but I loved it and look forward to more by Paula Hawkins in the future, I do recommend it and would happily read again.