Into the water takes place in Beckford, northern England. It tells the story of a series of mysterious drowning deaths (some suicide, some not), all occurring at a local river known as the “Drowning Pool.” The story begins with a recent death of Nel Abbott, a single mother who had been working on a book about the Drowning Pool at the time of her death. Her estranged sister Jules returns to Beckford to watch after Nel’s 15-year-old daughter, Lena, and doesn’t believe that her free-spirited sister could’ve taken her own life. So begins an amateur investigation. Each character is twisted in its own way and hiding something which affects the investigation. I really enjoyed the writing style, Paula makes it easier to understand each character and follow them throughout the story. The story itself is gripping, it’ll definitely keep you turning the pages and I would really recommend it.
This book is ultimately a story of families mired in secrets and uneasy relationships, haunted by the past and fear of facing the in the present.
Rating: 5 out of 5