Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
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 . . .
I’m just going to jump right in here:
All of the characters suck. There is not a single character in this story that I like and typically I love multiple perspectives. I guess the exception to this is Libby, Anne and Lauren.
A few things about this book that I found strange include the fact that there are 14 different perspectives. That’s a lot. 9 of them are in 3rd person while the rest are first person, which I also found weird. And then 5 of the perspectives are from people who are dead. So there’s a lot happening.
Now the characters:
Josh – I’m not really sure what his purpose in the story is aside from being the one to tell the police about Mr. Henderson but…someone else could have done that.
Louise – I can understand that you’re grieving, but you can’t go around blaming everyone else because you didn’t know your daughter was fucking her teacher. She spent so much time trying to blame Nel and Lena when it wasn’t their fault at all.
Danielle – I don’t think that Nel was a bad person. Well…minus the sleeping with a married man. But the project that she was doing didn’t make her bad. Her obsession was definitely strange though.
Erin – This bitch is a fucking awful cop. “I didn’t pay much attention to this.” “I didn’t think the details of this were that important.” “I only skimmed the file when I first got the case.” BITCH you’re a fucking detective. You can’t just ignore all of the fucking details that are presented to you.
Patrick – Trash. Fucking trash. You beat your wife to death and then threw her in the river and lied to your son about it. Cool, you took the blame for the woman that he murdered but like…does that really make you a good father? I’m gonna go with nah.
Sean – Trash 2.0. Cheated on your wife, murdered your mistress and then abandoned your wife after she took you back. Piece of shit just like his damn daddy.
Helen – I get that you were trying to be faithful and al,l but don’t go around shaming Nel and not your husband. He was wrong too. Also, why didn’t we go back to the fact that Patrick kissed her??? Were they sleeping together?? EWWW.
Katie – Ugh I just hate that a teenager basically kills herself to save a man who should have done the right thing. This was not out of love, it’s so fucking reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet and it’s disgusting.
Mark – This fucking piece of shit. If you were in love, you would have waiting until she was legal. Still wrong because you were her fucking teacher though. I hope Lena killed you.
Nickie – I had no issue with her until she broke into the house. Like who the fuck do you think you are breaking into someone’s house and having the nerve to call them stupid because they don’t know the town gossip when they haven’t lived there in years? Her fucking audacity just pisses me off.
Lena – Should have come clean about Mark and Katie. Why the fuck would you protect him? Katie is dead because of him?
Jules – Mad or not if your sister calls you at 1:30 in the morning and leaves you a message begging you to call her and she sounds scared you fucking call. That and the fact that every “cruel” thing that Nel did to her she fucking made up. Then her perspective is always addressing Nel, oh now you wanna talk to her? TOO LATE.
A lot of people in this book play victim and it’s so fucking annoying. Mark is like, how could Katie do this to me? Bitch you’re the adult. The responsibility falls on you. Louise blames Nel and Lena for her daughter’s death, but you’re the one that wasn’t aware of where your child was. Jules claims Nel tried to drown her when she actually saved her ass. All of it was annoying. From the very beginning almost every character is basically like, I know more to the story but I’m not going to tell the police. Ugh.
I don’t know if I liked the writing or if I really just wanted to know the ending because I can’t believe I made it all the way through honestly.