Book report: Into the water By Paula Hawkins


Into the water

I am posting the review of the book exactly after a month of reading it. I really have to up my game of reviewing books on time.

I am forgetting so many minute details which frustrated me at the time when I was reading it, seriously I had complained so much about the book, there was a time when my dad said so then stop, stop forcing yourself into it and I was like I can’t because it is so addictive. Yep. You will hate the story and yet you would want to continue reading it. That is basically my review summarised.

I have rated it quite highly than my anticipated rating before I start blabbering for all those who don’t know what the book is about? Scroll down to read.

What Into the water is all about?

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 . . .

My honest review for Into the Water.

I don’t remember why specifically I went for this book in the midst of all the fantasy books I was reading at that time but it was a good change for me. I am glad for that.

I would like to add if you are planning to read this book just remember two things:

  • You wouldn’t know what is happening in the book until you finish 3/4th of the book and it will frustrate you to the core.
  • But you will also not be able to put the book down, in all your misery you will be very addicted to the book and would want to know what happened, why are the characters so fucked up. Why?

That being out of my system I will also say I was not a big fan of The girl on the train and people did say this book wasn’t anything like that and hence I read another Paula Hawkins, what an honor no? xD

I am going to list all the things that frustrated me to the core or else I wouldn’t be able to highlight the very positive things in the book/ story or why you might pick this book up in the future.

  • The amount of perspectives in this book is countless. So many characters and so many voices at times I was lost as to who was who and at times I couldn’t even differentiate between them because most of the characters in the book are going through very dark things in their lives. I don’t know the author went with so many POVs, it also kind of made me feel the book was rushed and wasn’t given enough time to be thought through.
  • The pace? As I have mentioned before nothing really happens and so half of the book is boring but at the same you are so lost that you want to know more, for me it was a motivation, for a lot of people I think they stopped reading it all together. So I would say, maybe push through, read it through, you won’t be very happy but satisfied.
  • The setting, old legends?? I thought there would be something much bigger than what it came down to, also it just added to a very gloomy and edgy atmosphere– which by the way didn’t help much when the story wasn’t moving forward.
  • The setting also kind of gave away, who did what? If you read enough thrillers you will have your suspicions and I think you will be able to figure out who did that.



So now that is out of the system. Let’s talk something positive?

  • As soon as you get a hang of the characters, the story will be smooth then after, you will able to feel for the characters and also empathize to a large extent– which says a lot about the writing.
  • The character arc- to be honest, so many POVs did spoil the broth but the way all the characters grow and realize certain things, it was plausible.
  • Multi-layered storyline. I love that – it just adds more value and character to the story for me.
  • Even though reading it was exhaustive- I still couldn’t put it down- which says a lot about the book.
  • The book is worth sticking until the end.

All that said… I disliked the book and I liked the book. I might not read anymore Paula Hawkins, I might as well do that but all in all, give it a chance is what I will say.


Rating: 4/5 stars

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Mridu <3


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