I didn’t normally read adult mystery novels, but after my foray into the genre with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, I was ridiculously excited for Into the Water to come out so I could delve into another amazing story with a trusted author. I wasn’t too worried about the novel disappointing me – okay, maybe a little – but it was nearly perfect! It definitely lives up to the author’s first book, and I can’t wait to read anything else that she comes up with next.
Into the Water got into the mystery much faster than Hawkins’s last book, I felt. There are also more characters to keep track of and more POV’s to read from, but it was easier than I expected to remember who each person was. I also noticed that some characters especially had distinctive voices, which was a relief, since sometimes authors have multiple POV’s that all sound exactly the same, regardless of even gender.
Similar to most mystery novels, it’s certainly a good idea to go into this book without knowing anything at all about what the mystery is about – that’s what I did. Infer what you want from the title and cover, let your imagination wander, but then seat yourself in your preferred reading spot and read without preamble. I guarantee that you’ll be hooked soon enough.
Some specific things I enjoyed about this novel are:
- There’s only one character I didn’t hate some part of. Everyone else had some major flaw or the other – of course they did, this is a mystery novel – but UGH SO GOOD.
- Paula Hawkins’s writing style is so perfect for this genre. It allows us into the characters’ heads without being the characters ourselves, and it also helps set the mysterious and goosebump-y scene that’s oh so essential.
- That awesome mystery thing where literally everyone in the entire town is a suspect.
- The history and mystery surrounding the Drowning Pool aka the scene of the crime. It was really interesting, and the historical victims’ stories were just as intriguing as the current one(s).
The one thing I didn’t go crazy about in the book is the ending. The shock factor was make-your-eyeballs-go-wide shocking, but I wanted more after that. The Girl on the Train had the perfect ending, closure and everything, but this one leaves you standing at the edge of a cliff. There needed to be another chapter or two just to make me feel better.
Other than that though, this book was amazing, and whether you’ve read mystery books before or whether you’re a mystery virgin, you really can’t go wrong with reading this book. I enjoyed it very much, and I read it in one sitting. I have no regrets. I gave it five stars (★★★★★).