“Beckford is not a suicide spot. Beckford is a place to get rid of troublesome women.”
Summary: The book is centered in the small British town of Beckford, more particularly the river in Beckford. This river was nicknamed “The Drowning Pool” due to multiple deaths from women falling or jumping from the overhanging cliffs above. The local police department treats all of the deaths as suicides, but we quickly learn that something more nefarious is going on. The remaining questions: Who is murdering the women of Beckford? And why?
My Thoughts: Paula Hawkins also wrote The Girl on the Train, which is one of my all time favorite books. I really expected them to ring pretty closely together, however they are nothing alike. Into the Water has a huge cast of characters and is written from each of their point of views, making the book hard to follow at times and not really allowing you to delve into any one character. However, jumping from point of views did allow you see how each character is somewhat guilty for Nel’s murder and how they intertwine through this small town.
“The images blurred into one, a dizzying assault on the eye. I felt as though I were there, in that place, as though I were standing at the top of the cliff, looking down into the water, feeling that terrible thrill, the temptation of oblivion.”
“No one liked to think about the fact that the water in that river was infected with the blood and bile of persecuted women, unhappy women; they drank it every day.”
“This is the place that, over centuries, has claimed the lives of Libby Seeton, Mary Marsh, Anne Ward, Ginny Thomas, Lauren Slater, Katie Whittaker, and more-countless others, nameless and faceless.”
“Some say the women left something of themselves in the water; some say it retains some of their power, for ever since then it has drawn to its shore the unlucky, the desperate, the unhappy, the lost. The come here to swim with their sisters.”