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There were so many different facial points I got totally lost with who was who. Gave up on it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Couldn't finish the book. This doesn't read like a 'whodunnit' or mystery...it's just about grief. 2 senseless deaths, and all the families grief...in the end I just couldn't take it anymore and gave up.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I come at this from the probably fairly rare perspective of someone who has never read The Girl on the Train. Simply too many books too little time. That said even I was never going to fail to miss the hype surrounding it and the film which I have also managed to let pass me by somehow. However, the hype around both meant that the pressure on Paula Hawkins to deliver with this book must have been immense.
What struck me very quickly about this one is that it is most definitely not a rushed out second book to ride the wave of popularity. Rather, it's a well-constructed and thought out thriller that came over very differently to the kind of story that I had imagined.
It's partly a one-way conversation from one estranged sister to another. It pokes very hard at the psychology of grief and childhood problems and at how misplaced loyalty and bias can have telling consequences. From a brutal but intriguing start this moves from one point of view to another gently hinting and probing at the multi-layered mystery underneath.
The cast are by and large very good, giving great individuality to the characters as you would expect from top quality narrators like Weyman and Church. That said, I did feel that one of the narrators was a bit weaker than the others. The one additional small weakness of having more narrators in this format was that of course it meant that some of the main characters were voiced differently by the different narrators which jarred just a little.
So, out of all the hype and from under the undoubted mountain of expectation Paul Hawkins has produced an excellent mystery. It has a large cast of well-conceived characters and you will need to concentrate more than some books to get the best out of it but it genuinely is worth it.
72 of 83 people found this review helpful
Paula Hawkins had a lot to live up to, following the huge success of The Girl On the Train. But in this story I felt she managed to achieve a story of considerable depth and complexity.
Told from various viewpoints and in several different voices, this is a story that gives an account of the mystery surrounding the death of a woman in a notorious Drowning Pool. But did she drown in an accident or was she killed?
Several people fall under suspicion, including the local policeman in charge of the investigation. The narrative twists and turns, exploring the motives and background of all those who fall under suspicion.
A great, satisfying end too. Excellent narrators gave the story a compulsive quality; I couldn't stop listening.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
What a disappointment this book is. It felt like girl on a train and into the water were written by different authors. The story lacks mystery, purposelessly slow paced sucking you into false sense of grand mystery about to be revealed only to reach disappointing conclusion. The narrators are dull and monotonous. If it hadn't been for the fact that Paula's first book was great, I would have stopped listening 1/3 into her second.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Into the Water?
Way too many characters, every chapters i listened to i was scrabbling to remember if i had already been introduced to this character and what part they played in the story
What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?
The jump from how riveting Girl on the train was compared to how confusing Into the water is
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?
The narrators were not the issue
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Into the Water?
Honestly i would of just told the story from two point of views rather than giving everyone in the town a voice
Any additional comments?
I can see how the story would of been interesting but as mentioned i think it could of been conveyed just as well from less characters
4 of 4 people found this review helpful