Into the Water: Paula Hawkins


Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller Into the Water follows the inhabitants of a small town in northern England as they deal with the death of one of their own who’s died the way so many women before her have – in the Drowning Pool.

Into the Water, Paula Hawkins

Hawkins writes from the perspectives of several characters as we learn the dark histories of both the Drowning Pool and of the town members. No one in this small town is trustworthy. Who killed Danielle Abbott? Why do so many women die at the Drowning Pool? What is everyone trying to hide?

Into the Water is a fast-paced, mysterious whodunit that reminds us that people may not always be exactly as they seem.

Content Warnings

Please take caution when reading Into the Water if any of the following topics may trigger you:

  • Suicide
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault
  • Pedophilia
  • Body hatred

My Thoughts

Into the Water is possibly the best psychological thriller I’ve ever read. If you liked Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, you’ll love this. It’s fast-paced, dives right into the story, and keeps you on your toes and suspecting everyone through the very last sentence. You won’t see the twists coming – they’re so good that I audibly gasped a few times.

The mystery of Danielle Abbot’s death is the main plot point, and it’s very good. It encompasses the relationships that she had with her daughter, Lena, and her estranged sister, Jules, as well as her musings about their town and the Drowning Pool. Danielle and Jules’ childhood flashbacks are some of my favorite parts of the novel and really shed light on the present-day situation.

A few weeks before the story begins, Lena’s best friend Katie kills herself. Much of the novel also follows Katie’s family’s search for the reason why she took her own life. The reason, and the consequences for not keeping that a secret, is so good.

The entire novel is so fast-paced and gripping. I was very confused at the beginning because you get pushed right into the middle of the story. Everything starts making sense slowly but surely, which is one of the reasons the story is so good – so many things are kept from you that we have to just wait and keep reading to fully understand. You won’t be able to put this down until the last page, and then you won’t be able to pick your jaw up off the ground.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on Into the Water. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the novel in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!

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