A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
Jules’ older sister, Nel, spent most of their childhood terrifying Jules with local lore of the infamous Drowning Pool. The Drowning Pool is where troubled women go to be taken by the water. While Nel’s obsession grew around the notorious town of Beckford, where they spent their summers, Jules could not escape fast enough. Unexpectedly, Nel is the next victim of the Drowning Pool and Jules is forced to go back to Beckford to care for Nel’s teen daughter, Lena. Together they unsurface the secrets in the water.
Cracking open this brand new book and seeing the line “For all the Troublemakers” was the hook for me. The best part about this book is the theme of troublesome women and the men behind them. I enjoy a good mystery whether it is predictable or not. Hawkins has a way throwing in every twist she can. Every chapter had me wanting to read a bit further. If you want a good summer mystery; this one, for me, was a fun ride with a “who done it” air. I’ve seen a lot of reviews already mention there are too many characters. I do agree, but it’s worth sticking it out. I found myself a few times going back to make sure I understood who a character was. If you can’t look past that, I would say don’t bother. The book leaves you with a few loose ends that I wish the author would have cleaned up, but I do believe they were intentional. Maybe she left a few free mysteries for us to ponder on once we’ve finished the book. I give it a 3.6 on Goodreads.