Beckford is a small English town in the middle of nowhere. It seems that every story is told in this town is about someone found dead in the river. For centuries, there were found women’s bodies in the Drowning Pool. The latest victims are teenage girl Katie and Nel, writer, photographer and mom to Katie’s best friend Lena.
Jules, Nel’s younger sister comes back to the town to take care of her niece, although the last thing she wants to do it to face again the horrible memories from her childhood in Beckford. Everything in this town reminds her of her sister’s betrayal.
The investigation does not lead anywhere, their deaths look like suicides. However, why would smart, popular, beautiful women commit a suicide? That is the question everybody in the town is asking, well not everybody, because some seem to know more than they tell.
I liked this book. I was hooked from the beginning and did not lose interest until the end. I have had various suspicions as the story progressed and new info was revealed but I seriously did not know what to expect. It seemed that absolutely everybody in Beckford was involved and suspicious.
I must say that the novel was written with multiple PVO’s, like many. Like MANY. At first, I was struggling to follow who is the detective, who is the sister, who is Nickie and Anne. Every chapter is from someone else’s perspective and it was confusing. By the second half of the book, it began to finally make sense.
The ending though was weird. There was a real ending, the big revealing of the truth, which was fine, and it made sense but on the last page, in the last paragraph: BOOM! And, Paula Hawking ruined my favorite character in this novel and made it a psycho.
What I really liked were the flashbacks to the past centuries a few times during the novel. The stories of Libbie and Anne were so fascinating; too bad, there was not very much of them.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.