Into the Water: A Novel
Perhaps my expectations were too high after reading Ms. Hawkins debut novel (Girl on the Train), but I found this book a bit a let down.
I remember thinking that she rushed this book out to captialize on the rave reviews that "Girl on the Train" received and that Ms. Hawkins needed more time to perfect this book.
I didn't feel any real connection to any of the characters and found some of the characteristics of the these characters unbelievable.
I also didn't care much about the relationship of the two sisters, which was a primary theme of the book.
I did pre-order this book as I was really excited to read it and I started it the day it arrived. Maybe if I was more luke warm about it going in, I would have liked it better.
I would recommend this book as a good beach read...easy enough to get through, but fairly easy to forget.
“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”
As good as The Girl On The Train if not better. Plus,it had the same gloomy touch.
What I really liked about this thriller:
* All characters are pretty messed up in a very intriguing way.
* One of those rare psychological thrillers that require your undivided attention,like you really gotta
pay close attention till the very last para till the very last line.
* Seriously what happened in the end caught me off guard in such a delicious way, I was left
breathless YES it was THAT good.
* I don't think I even need to mention the captivating writing style that keeps you on the edge of your
seat till it's finished.
I enjoyed this book, but compared to The Girl on The Train, did not love it. This book jumps back and forth between different characters point of views. Jules Abbott comes back home to take care of her dead sister's daughter. The book basically is about solving Nel death. Was she killed or did she jump to her death. Nel was writing a book about the different woman on the area who were drowned near the rivers in town. Did she find something out, and was murdered to keep quiet? You also follow the Whittaker family. Louise's daughter Katie was friends with Lena (Nel's daughter). When Katie drowns herself in the river Louise blames Nel and Lena for her death. There is also the Townsend family, who also have the pain of losing someone in the river. The families grief all intertwine and blame and accusations are thrown around. You do eventually learn how Nel dies, along with the backstory to all the other tragic ends of the other ladies who meet their end at the river.