Into The Water | Cover to Cover

Into the Water - book review

My sweet friends Kira and Jocelyn have started a book club and have invited me to join. I’d call myself an avid (but slow) reader. I love to get lost in stories. They remind me to believe in magic, happy endings and well-written sentences. Buying books is one of my favourite habits and one of my worst is not finishing said books. 

I’ve joined book clubs in the past and I’ve fallen behind and eventually stopped being a part of the club. But, this club is different. Maybe it’s because of Kira and Jocelyn, two of my dearest friends. Or the fact that we all have lived some pretty similar stories and in similar places. Or the fact that while Kira is living her Island dream with her husband, it’s a way for us to keep in touch with her! We started a group text chat and it’s my favourite thing. Either way, I’m committed to keeping up with the books and I’d love to share my thoughts on here with you! I’m calling this new series Cover to Cover.

The November Cover to Cover book was Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.  I know November was a really long time ago now, but I wanted to still document the past books we’ve read!

Known for her book “Girl on the Train”, which I read and enjoyed, I knew I’d enjoy the writing style of Into the Water. 

The book revolves around a single mother who turns up dead at the bottom of a river that runs through their town. Before her, a number of women also ended up in the same place. The death left a teenage daughter alone, motherless. But became mothered by her long-lost aunt who ran away from the town and the river years ago. 

With every chapter written through the eyes and voice of town residents, the stories the river is hiding and the people who ended their lives in those waters get uncovered.

The book is a true thriller that I read in a handful of sittings. I found myself turning the pages, feeling like I had the whole story figured out. But, with every chapter, another part of the story was told and I felt like I was back at square one of figuring out the puzzle. 

While there were a lot of characters being introduced, with time, I remembered their names and their stories. Jocelyn said there was a character legend at the beginning of her copy. I borrowed my copy from the library and didn’t have that. She mentioned how she loved to be able to go back for reference on the characters. I would have found that very useful to have had that on my copy!

A number of reviews that I’ve read didn’t agree with the suspense level or the punch of the climax. But, I’m sticking true to my thoughts! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have since recommended it to a number of people.

Many people have said it didn’t keep them as engaged as Girl on the Train, but I personally found the opposite. I found the writing of Into The Water to be more evolved than her other novel. I enjoyed that there were so many smaller stories about the river within the book. Paula did a remarkable job of keeping me wanting more and giving me just enough at the right times to keep the pages turning. It’s a book that will keep you engaged to the very last sentence. It’s also an easy read if you’re looking to get stuck in a book this winter instead of turning on your Netflix. 

I’m giving this book 3/5 stars.

Kira’s review of Into the Water

There is nothing I love to do more in the fall than curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a blanket and read a mystery novel cover to cover. And that’s exactly what I did with Paula Hawkins’ novel “Into the Water.”

I’ll admit, I don’t love books that have chapters broken out into multiple different characters. I’d rather hear the story from one perspective; someone in which I feel I get to know, and hopefully grow to love. Because of this, at times, it could be difficult to keep track of the plot as it unfolded.

Still, it’s a worthwhile read, full of enough exciting, unexpected twists to keep you reading on. It fits my criteria for the perfect book to get lost in as the days get colder and shorter.

I’m giving this book 3/5 stars.

Jocelyn’s review of Into the Water

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins was a book I couldn’t put down. This story kept turning and giving me chills! I enjoyed the suspense throughout as the author, Hawkins, told the story from the perspective of many characters.

The overall way the story was told was a bit hard to follow at first, until I got a grasp of each character and their own story within the novel. Once I did, the pages flowed.

I look forward to reading more from Paula Hawkins in the future.

I’m giving this book 3/5 stars.

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    Kira Hak
    January 10, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Love bookclub. love this. love you.

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