Into the Water
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 . . .
Into the Water is exceptional! From the very first sentence therein lies a layer of intrigue beautifully crafted with the intent to draw us in, hinting at the dark depths in all its glorious, mysterious entirety deeper into the tale. I loved Girl on the Train. It had me gripped straight from the off but Into the water, bathed as it is in this deep layer of mystery with its complex array of characters, I think takes pride of place on my bookshelf.
Drawn back to her old village of Beckford by the death of her sister Nell, back to a stretch of water called the Drowning Pool, Jules is forced to face her grim past head on, a past she has tried so desperately to escape. Tasked with the care of Nell’s daughter, Jules is encumbered by an influx of buried memories that give her cause to think that there is more to Nell’s suicide than meets the eyes.
The Drowning Pool has entwined the fates of numerous ‘Troublesome Women’ over the centuries, centuries sourcing pain, anguish and horror. There are a fair few scenes in this book that will send shivers down your spine. Amazing!
The multiple viewpoints drive the story on in a quick, breath-taking pace. This is such a brilliant plot. The writing is both haunting, suspenseful and moving all at once.
Into the Water truly is unforgettable, with an underlying menace, it tantalises us with its lure of mystery and submerges us in it’s web of secrets, desires and grave portrayals of the things that grow from the truths and untruths between two sisters.
Mysterious. Shocking. Intriguing.
If you would like to buy Into the Water here is the link!
Huge thanks to Alison Barrow for my review copy!