It’s finally here: the much anticipated second novel from Paula Hawkins (author of The Girl on the Train). I have to say, I think I may have liked this one even better.
When her sister, Nel, is found dead [seemingly] by suicide, Jules is drawn back to her small hometown to settle things and care for the niece she’s never met. Since she was a teenager, Nel has been drawn to a section of the river called The Drowning Pool, where “troublesome women” have met their deaths for centuries. Nel had been investigating this local legend when she shares their fate in the same spot. While you learn that Nel has many secret of her own, it’s those secrets of others she uncovers that cause so much trouble for this small town.
Just like The Girl on the Train, this book is all about the intrigue; however, this one doesn’t focus so much how reliable the narrator is. I also think this one picked up a bit faster than the other. There are a few flaws in the novel (see more in my Goodreads review), but overall I was satisfied with the eerie mystery that lurked in The Drowning Pool.
4 out of 5 stars.