Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins shot to fame with ‘The Girl on the Train’. Her second novel – ‘Into the Water’ is very different but just as good.

Nel Abbot is the latest woman in Beckford to die in the section of river known as the Drowning Pool. She was a single mother with a 15 year old daughter – Lena. Lena is convinced that her mother took her own life. Now Nel’s estranged sister Jules has arrived to take care of Lena, returning to the town that she hoped she’d left behind forever.

But Nel’s death is just the latest in a long line. A few months ago, Lena’s best friend Katie also died in the Drowning Pool. The head of the police’s mother Lauren died there many years ago and the Drowning Pool was used to drown suspected witches in the 1600s.

The story of what really happened to Nel, Katie and Lauren gradually unfolds through the novel.

The story is told from many different points of view including Jules and Lena, Katie and her family, Lauren and her family, other police, the local psychic and a teacher from Lena and Katie’s school. With all the different viewpoints, we (the readers) are the only ones who ever have the whole story.

And what a story it is – murder, betrayal, relationships (good and bad), secrets and lies and unbelievable tension.


This was an amazingly atmospheric novel and I found it almost impossible to put down. I absolutely loved this novel.

There was no single main character but we got inside the heads of a lot of different people, all of whom were a mix of good and bad (actually I just thought of one who was all bad).

There was a mysterious and sinister feel to the town of Beckford and Paula Hawkins was able to pull me into it completely.

This was a brilliant second novel and I can’t wait for the next one.


Book Published 2017


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