Into The Water by Paula Hawkins


“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”

― Paula Hawkins

To be honest, I was one of those who didn’t like The Girl On The Train. But with Into The Water, Paula Hawkins has shown me her brilliant cinematic writing. I now understand why she got her first book adapted into a movie so easily.

Into The Water transports us into the mysterious deaths of young girls in the Drowning Pool, a name of a river in Northumberland. The young girls’ deaths has a pattern of The Roanoke Girls. But when you start this novel, the author wanted it to be shocking, and it was. We gradually get introduced to our narrator Jules who came back in the town after her sister’s suicide.


She played a lot with the structures and the word-plays of the term Water. I can feel the currents of events, beneath all the layers, transporting us into a suspense and thrill like a river. But each character has their own perspective, creating their own rivers and flows until one day, in the end, everything converges in a confluence. And in this book, I actually felt the fast pacing of suspense and that feeling of beating hearts. That’s when you know you read a good thriller book.

The only reason why I wouldn’t give it a 5 stars is the 11 narrators… yup, that can be confusing (A lot of people seem to freak out but they are SHORT POV AND she succeeds to implement an element of suspense and keeps us on hold just fine) and the not so mind-blowing plot. But that’s very personal in my reviews haha I always expect the stories to be as creative and imaginative as possible. This is the kind of book you’ll love as a reading experience but when it’s finished you’ll be asking yourself…okay that’s it? That’s it. It’s quite simple. BUT The little twists in between the story? They’re genius.

A lot of the critics say that this one is a let down from The Girl On The Train. In my opinion, The Girl On The Train was not even at the same podium as this one. The subtleties were more spot on and her writing, definitely more refined. 

Thank you to Penguin Random House for giving me a free copy to review!

You can purchase a copy @Amazon Canada now!



46 thoughts on “Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

  1. Awesome review Trang! I actually enjoyed The Girl on the Train so I’m definitely excited to give her new book a try and am going to add it now for sure! Although I have to say 11 perspectives? Wow, I must prepare for confusion. 😁

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  2. Great review, although if you didn’t like Girl On The Train I don’t think we can be friends anymore 😉 I really like her debut and I can’t wait to read this one glad to see your thoughts on it 🙂

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  3. Wow really loved this review. I felt the same way about Girl on the Train. I didn’t really understand the hype of it. I am glad you enjoyed this one. I decided I wanted to give Paula another shot since she’s so famous now. I put the book on hold at the library and am anxious to read it. The 11 narrators does intimidate a little. I like different perspectives but that does seem to be pushing it. I really can’t wait to see for myself!

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    1. I didn’t understand the hype AT ALL. In fact, I was surprised how fast the movie was picked up while there were 1000 books better adapted on screen they can choose from. The 11 narrators intimidate by their numbers but in the end it makes a lot of sense to me! Hope you’ll find them as fun to read as I was 🙂

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  4. It’s interesting that there’s so much hype surrounding this book, and it has so many mixed reviews! I liked Girl on the Train, but I didn’t LOVE it. I’m a little reluctant to pick it up, but I am lately considering of maybe picking it up sometime in the future…

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    1. I completely understand your rating for The Girl on the Train! I didn’t love it but was okay I expected a lot more since it was overhyped. I guess this one, it’s not an urgent read hahaha 😉 What are you currently reading?

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  5. 11 Narrators??? Wow, I would definitely get confused while reading it because I’m not fan of multiple Perspectives. I’m glad you enjoyed it! It sounds like a pretty interesting read! 🙂

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  6. Great review for this book Trang. I’ve heard plenty of amazing things about The Girl on the Train but to be honest it’s become so hyped now it really doesn’t interest me anymore. I’m really glad you enjoyed this book more, I’ll certainly be recommending it to a few people I know who loved The Girl on the Train! 😀 Still eleven narrators though. Seems kind of excessive to me and I can see how it must have gotten a little confusing as well. 🙂

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    1. Yeah the hype was so all. Over the place for The Girl On The Train 😂 and with this one people will even expect more. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t have high expectations since I diddnt like her 1st novel 😌

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  7. The Girl on the Train really disappointed a few friends of mine. I am not going to lie, I had written this author off. But now I am wondering if maybe this might be the place to start. Considering this sat so much better with you, I will keep it on the back burner for sure 🙂 Awesome review!

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    1. It disappointed me as well! Glad I’m not the only one because I start to seriously think that I missed something 😌 Its obviously not a priority in the TBR list for this one but if you need a light thriller 😉

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  8. I bet this has been commented a lot already but 11 narrators? Well, I doubt I’#d be able to keep up XD
    Great review and great to hear Hawkins managed to redeem herself in your books (ha, punny!)

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      1. I think the most POVs I’ve read was 6? they were short paragraphs as well and you know, they kind of made for a thrilling, fast paced read so I can totally see it working 🙂


  9. I was actually one of those people that didn’t like Girl on the Train either- so I’m really glad this is better!! I will say this did sound perfect… up until the 11 narrators part (seriously- 11?!?) But still- I think this will be well worth the read!! Awesome review!!

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  10. 11 narrators! I will go back and count them. I am in the middle of the book currently. I also didn’t understand the hype around “The girl on the train” Awesome review. So far enjoying this one.


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