Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think I may have enjoyed this book more than The Girl on the Train...probably because it deals with the struggle between strong women and the misogynistic culture that tries to keep them down.
"The Drowning Pool" is an infamous spot in the river that flows along the town of Beckford, England. Over the centuries, "troublesome" women have met their end there. Some of the deaths were ruled suicides, but were they?
Nel Abbott and Jules Abbott are estranged sisters- forced apart by jealousy and misunderstandings. When Jules is notified that Nel has died- jumped from the cliffs to her death in the river- Jules is forced to return to Beckford and face her past.
Nel isn't the only one to have perished in the river lately. A 15 year old girl named Katie has also inexplicably jumped into its depths to embrace death.
So, what about this river seduces women to end their lives there? Are they all really jumping or is something far more nefarious at work?
Why is it that strong women- the kind who know their own minds- are the ones who wind up dead?
This novel left me guessing until the end. Not all of the questions are answered. This is the kind of book you should read twice just to enjoy the epiphanies that come from knowing the ending and seeing all the clues the author left along the way.
Recommended for ages 15+ because of content.