Review of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I just finished Into the Water by Paula Hawkins  and man oh man I hate to say it but I wasn’t a huge fan! The word I want to use to describe the book is: BLAND

The book was okay but not nearly as good as Girl on a Train and I was honestly thankful when it was over. The jumping of the characters had me all confused and it just didn’t flow like it should.  After reading, I went to the book forum on Goodread and I found that I wasn’t alone!  Many people didn’t quite understand the ending and had loads of questions about who killed who, etc.  I know it’s a big no, no to compare an author’s previous book to a new one but this book was hyped up so much!  Every bookstore I went to or book Pinterest board I visited showcased the book and stated it was a must read; therefore it is only right that the book lived up to its expectation lol!

Here are what a few people are saying on Goodread:



Therefore drum roll please! I give this book  3 STARS!


I gave it three only because the book did get pretty interesting towards the end which did cause me to finish it. Also, as you all know, I am a lover of characters and I became a fan of the toughness of the main character Lena.

I don’t want to give anything away (because I love yall so much!) so I won’t go into detail about certain things in the book since a lot of people have told me they plan to read it. HOWEVER if anyone has read this please provide your opinion, let’s talk about it!

34 thoughts on “Review of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins”

  1. Finally, i finished the book. In the end i liked it, not as much as i liked the girl on the train but while i was reading it i was intriguing to discover the killer. I was pretty sure he was the one who killed Nel.I wasn’t wrong!

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    1. So you had a feeling he did it? I genuinely had no idea lol I was for sure it was the
      Dad! And I agree, wanting to know the killer got me to the finish line for sure.

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  2. Ugh, I’m so happy to see this review! I rarely get a chance to read so when I do, I want to make sure it is a good one! I can tell you my next book won’t be this one! haha Thanks!


  3. I wasn’t a big fan of The girl on the train. I found it boring and had a hard time finishing it. I find it a bit messy and did not like the writing at all. This is my personal opinion though. I did like Gone Girl, same kind of creepy scenario, and I liked the writing better. I don’t think I will try Into the water now 🙂


    1. I’m glad I was able to help! While I love reading books can be expensive and every penny counts! 😀 Happy reading!


  4. I like your reviews and I appreciate you don’t spoil the secrets! This kind of book is not my cup of tea though 🙂


    1. Hahaha I try and be considerate especially since some people are finishing up/ will read the book. Just because I wasn’t a fan doesn’t mean others may not be 🙂 thanks for stopping by!


  5. Haha, I was honestly thankful it was over! That made me laugh! I hate when I feel like that after reading a book. Horrible. I so wanted this to be good and might still give it a go because I loved the girl on the train but hey, it’s always hard to beat the book that makes author really famous 🙂 x


    1. It’s never easy for the author to duplicate another famous book and make it just as exciting lol. I encourage you to check it out though! Your experience may be totally different then mine 🙂


  6. I just read Time magazine’s review of this book, and it’s interesting: “Hawkins’ stagecraft is at times shaky: motives are overstated, action sequences are vague (“I don’t know what happened then. He fell, I think …”) and details can get muddled, making it easier to separate red herrings from real clues…” the review says. “Yet suspense, for Hawkins, is almost secondary; part of the thrill of her thrillers is the social commentary.” I guess if you look at the book from the perspective of how the women are wronged, it is about that as much as a mystery.


    1. I am glad I’m not the only one who feels this way about the book. I guess looking at it from the woman’s perspective does make it a little better. But I still wasn’t a huge fan of the book smh


  7. lately I’ve been reading books that leave me like that. And it upsets me specially when many people recommend it! I’ll check out Girl on a train


    1. It’s a petpeeve! My friend told me I had to read the book immediately and then later admitted she stopped liking it! Lol grr


  8. Oh my, i am reading this book nowadays and i just hope it will get better as for now i can’t really fall into it. i read a few pages every night but not so many so the next night i have already forgot the characters. ha ha. The first book was really fantastic so i will be a little bit disappointed if this one don’t much my expectations.


    1. It was super slow for me too! The middle gets better though but I hate books like that. I like for it to be great from the beginning to end!

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