Into the Water
By Paula Hawkins
Riverhead Books, 9780735211209, May 2017, 400pp.
The Short of It:
Highly anticipated but not for me.
The Rest of It:
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. ~ Indiebound
You may recall the popularity of this author’s previous work, The Girl on the Train. That book wasn’t perfect but it was a page-turner and it kept me reading. With Into the Water, I really had to push myself to read it.
- In case you didn’t know, it’s about witches. Kind of.
- Too much back and forth.
- The characters. I had no interest in them.
- Marketed as psychological suspense. No, it’s not.
- Took a really long time to figure out what was going on.
I’m sure it’s very difficult to top a best seller like The Girl on the Train but this story was a bit underdeveloped. I didn’t mind the numerous points of view or even the format of the novel itself but it just didn’t grab me like her other book did.
Plus, I am not a fan of stories about witches and there was nothing about this book that mentioned witches. It alluded to secrecy and scandal and there was some of that but not enough for me to enjoy it.
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