14 February, 2018

Into the water by Paula Hawkins - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Title: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Genre: Thriller, suspense
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Length of the book: 394 pages
Source: Picked from our local library

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. 

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

My Initial Thoughts: 

It is very difficult for me to finish my library books as my committed book reviews take precedence over them. I read this book for almost 2 months on and Off whenever I got time. This is a national bestseller already so there was no doubt that I would like it before even I started reading it.

My Review:

A gist: 

Many people lose their lives during a course of time in the river which is the heart of a small town in England. No one knows if they took their lives themselves or those were murders. When the Police start investigating about a recent death of a single woman and mother, many facts come up slowly. 

The story is narrated in the perspective of multiple people like the daughter of Nel (the woman who died), sister of Nel, the investigators Sean and Erin, School headmistress Helen, School teacher Mark, the mom of another victim(Katie) and Katie's brother Josh. Many facts get revealed gradually. The suspense element is maintained till the last page. 

What I liked? 
The characterization and the suspense element. The narration is gripping and I would have finished it in one go if I had some free time. Since I picked up a print copy with large font, it made it easier to read fast. It is interesting to know the different layers of characters and their feelings from their perspectives.

What didn't feel good?
Since the story is told in multiple people's perspectives, it is a bit confusing to follow. I felt the story is prolonged to some extent and felt a few scenes were unnecessary. The pace of the book is not even, It was too slow in the beginning and there is too much action by the end. 

My Rating: 4/5

Ps: I have taken this book from our local library and this is my honest opinion on the book.

Purchase link: Amazon

About the Author:
Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been published in over forty languages, has been a No.1 bestseller around the world and is now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Into the Water is her second thriller

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