Sadly didn‘t connect with this one. I love Hawkins‘s literary voice, but the story‘s convoluted structure undercut the suspense and often left me more confused than enticed.
I‘ve had this book on my shelves for years thinking I read it along with my other girl, women, water mysteries. While organizing books I realized I had no documentation of this read - haha, a few pages in and I knew I‘d never gone here. This was like a jigsaw puzzle where the many characters are the edges and once those finally come together, fitting the center pieces became a bit of fun.
Unfortunately, this was as underwhelming as I was expecting. A whole bunch of unlikable characters doing predictable stuff.
I listened to the audio because I knew I‘d never make myself read my BOTM copy. Now I can‘t find my BOTM copy, which is also unfortunate, because I was looking forward to throwing it across the room after that dumb ending.
I was wary before beginning this book due to all the mixed reviews. However, I heard there was a lot of characters so I kept a scratch paper and pen next to me while I was reading, so that I could jot notes down. I feel it was necessary for all the characters so we could have a real “whodunit” mystery. Other than that, I thought it was a great story! 3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Into The Water, an interesting book. From cover you feel the book as somewhat of a romance but the more you read you understand it's about a fatal murder taking place in a river. This book goes Into detail on how after the mother dies and her daughter must be under the care of her Aunt. I quite enjoyed how they talk about the death of her mother but also has a subplot that brings up mysterious clues on how things are tied together
I know that this got pretty mixed reviews when it came out, but I enjoyed it. Multiple perspectives, a place of mystery: do the women jump into the water, or is the water a place to get rid of troublesome women?
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First a teenage girl dies in the lake, and now in the same lake, a single mother is found dead. Soon, secrets begin to surface.
Left behind is teenager Lena, who is left believing her mother committed suicide. But is that really the case? Or is something more sinister going on in this town?
There were easily over two dozen characters in this story, and it took me nearly three quarters of the book to sort them all out and remember who was who!
One of the most intriguing ways that Paula writes this book is that each chapter is a vignette, or viewpoint, of one of the characters in the story. I love this but I will say throughout the whole book, there were so many different characters that this layout was difficult to follow at times. it seemed to climax with several different surprises that didn‘t seem all that necessary- One left unresolved. The final bang l I found to be confusing. 4/10
I'm culling my collection down to those that I need to read still, that I may/will read again, that I can't bear to part with because I love the author and have a collection (mostly). So these are the titles so far that are gone. Minus two books I've already given to my boss's kid (Lumberjanes vol 1- oh and she is now starting a book club with her little friends! 😍)
This book felt very predictable and choppy. It was scattered and awkward in parts with a lukewarm story line, void of any memorable plot twists.
I was pretty disappointed after all the hype this book received.
However, I did finish it so it wasn't a complete Pan.
This book took a little bit of time to get info. I didn‘t enjoy it as much as The Girl on the Train, but it was still decent. Hawkins uses the same technique of shifting character perspective with each chapter. With more characters , less development, and shorter chapters in Into the Water, it was harder to get hooked.
The reviews on this one are definitely mixed, but I liked it. A lot. The narrative is told from multiple points of view, and there are numerous sub-plots, but Hawkins drew me right into her story. Only downside? Since I found things a little too easy to figure out the ending didn‘t surprise me 🤷🏻♀️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Well, I was supposed to be in Toronto today as my daughter and one of her cousins had tickets to see Harry Styles. With the concert moved to fall 2021, I‘m hanging out at home with Ellie instead 🤷🏻♀️
I‘m already cheating on my Penman book 😂. Since the Penman novel is massive, and will take me awhile to get through, I‘m going to mix up my reading while I‘m working my way through it.
This Hawkins novel has been on my TBR pulse since it was released, and I should be able to get through it relatively quickly. I‘m off work until Monday, so I need to take advantage of the extra reading time!
I loved this book and found it hard to put down. Since other reviews mentioned there are lots of characters, I read the physical book instead of the audio. Once I got the hang of the characters, the story flew by and I read large chunks in one sitting. I also love my signed UK First Edition. 💙 #MountTBR
I thought Girl On The Train was over-hyped, but I did like it, so I thought I'd give this one a try . . . I almost DNFed it multiple times. There were too many POV characters, and Hawkins didn‘t develop them well enough in the beginning for me to keep them straight and know who was who, which I found frustrating. It finally picked up about 60% in. Yikes! It ended up a decent story, but I doubt I‘ll read one of her books again.
So it seemed like a really slow start I wanted to dnf. Glad I didn't cause it did get better. Once I was actually invested in finding out what happened to Nel Abbot.
Plan to finish his one after our picnic is over ❤️
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
-Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
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I just kept getting slapped with surprises during this book! Jules Abbott is called back to her childhood home after her estranged sister is found drowned. The Drowning Pool is a popular place for suicides but Nell believes it's a place to get rid of problematic women. Everyone's fighting their own psyche during this and nothing is what it seems.
Definitely found some great gems at goodwill yesterday. I never walk out of there with less than 20 books. I did buy some this time that I already had but they were ones that I either really love (Cloud Atlas) or ones that I hear a lot of good things about but just haven‘t read yet (The Alice Network). I keep them to trade in at Little Free Libraries.
This book was a mixed bag for me. The strengths included: multiple narrators (loved reading the interpretation of events from varying perspectives); an interesting twist in family dynamics; and multigenerational murders. The challenges were: characters that were not relatable or sympathetic; meandering prose; and an unsatisfying ending. I thought her first book was much better, but, as mentioned, there were strengths in this story as well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book was about a town set on a river where many women have drowned in the water, some voluntarily, some not. It was written from many different characters‘ perspectives, which was interesting but sometimes confusing. While it was enjoyable enough to read and kept me guessing at times, I was never truly invested in any of the characters and felt the end was loosely defined.
This was a good read but the ending was very loose. Fate of some of the characters was not explained. The ending was totally abrupt, Paula Hawkins one sudden day got tired and just finished the book in a hurry. With that said, I love the characters. The story is told from POV of nearly 12 characters each portraying their own thinking of the same plot. That was really interesting for me. Took some time to store in my memory who each character was.