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 . . .
Let me preface this with saying I had high hopes for this book. After Girl on the Train, I was very excited for the next book by Paula Hawkins. I enjoyed her style and she wrote such amazing characters for Girl on the Train that I thought that Into the Water would be amazing.
It wasn’t amazing. In a word, it felt crowded. There were too many characters and story lines to follow, and too many points of view. And honestly, I found the characters to be a combination of dull and unlikeable. While the story I think was supposed to focus on Lena and Jules, I didn’t like either of them, and I especially didn’t like how they were to each other. I know, I know, it was supposed to be a tumultuous relationship, but it felt downright depressing.
The one positive I will give this book though is that I didn’t figure out the ending. I don’t know if it was because it was so scattered that I couldn’t focus enough to see things click, or if it was genuinely a twist that was well hidden. And I have to say, I’m a sucker for a twisty ending.
I give it 3 stars. ONLY because of the ending. If I was scoring on everything but the last chapter, I’d rate a 2.