Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: Into The Water

Author: Paula Hawkins
Started reading: January 31st 2018
Finished the book: February 12th 2018
Pages: 386
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published: May 2nd 2017
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.53
My score:
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

My thoughts
Thanks to Ayla for doing this buddyread with me, I had loads of fun!
In this book, you know there is something going on, but you have no idea what. Everybody is lying, everybody has something to hide, they all have their own demons. It was a great ride to figure out what was going on and I love the way the plot unravels.

  • Questions: I had a lot of questions while I was reading this book. I wasn't even trying to answer them, because I knew I just couldn't. This is a book where you just have to go along, let it take you for the ride and see what happens. It was a great feeling to not have a clue where this book would end up.
  • Different POVS: I like that you can actually read the story from different POV's. You understand some of the characters a lot better that way. Their grief, their fears, their secrets... It all becomes more real that way.
  • Better than first: I did not like Girl On The Train that much. I hated all the characters, I didn't like the plot and there wasn't that much tension. I really feel that Paula Hawkins did a lot better on this book and I can see there is progression. That's also one of the reasons I gave the book 4 stars, because I gave Girl On The Train 3 stars, barely skate.
  • Final sentence: HELL YEAH! I love those books that throw you something in the face just before you end it. That was a great decision that Paula Hawkins made there and it left me so satisfied, it's what a good thriller does!
  • Different POVS: The fact that the different POV's is a pro, also makes it a con a bit. I can't really relate to any of the characters because you all get to know them a bit. You read the story from all of their perspectives and you don't really root for any of them or feel connected to one character. That's something that's always bugging me in different POV's books.
  • Negativity: My lord. There are a lot of negative feelings and emotions in this book. Hate, anger, fear, suspicion, grief, you name it, it's there. At one point it even affected my reading pleasure and that' was my big problem with Paula Hawkins first book as well...
A good thriller with the proper amount of questions to be answered. This book has a great plot and a rich variety of characters. If you're a thriller and mystery fan, I do think you will like this book! Maybe you do figure it out...?

Other opinions on this book
"Highly suspenseful... al these intrigues are teased out with impressive skill by Ms. Hawkins, who tells a complex narrative... in a chronicle whose final pages yield startling revelations."
- The Wall Street Journal

"Addicting... this novel has a little something for anyone looking for their next binge read."
- Marie Claire

Memorable quotes from this book
"Beware a calm surface - you never know what lies beneath."

Thanks for reading!
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