I’ve been wanting to discuss this book with someone ever since I finished it, but I’m the only one in my family that’s read it so far and it’s driving me crazy. I’m gonna start posting some book reviews on here, because I’ve grown to love reading again and sometimes you need to have a little conversation with yourself to make you feel better about a book. There will be spoilers in this post, so if you haven’t read it yet, please click off now!
I was so excited about this book because of how much I loved The Girl On The Train, but I think Paula Hawkins definitely overdid it this time. There’s SO many characters, it’s hard to keep up with because it’s written in a similar style to her first book – each chapter is from a different characters point of view. It was fine when it was 3 characters and you could keep track of it all, but when it’s about 8 different characters and they’re all jumbled around, things get pretty tricky.
It took a while for things to speed up in the novel, I can’t really remember much that happened in Part 1 because I’m pretty sure absolutely nothing happened. It sped up a bit in Part 2 but overall, it wasn’t a very shocking novel. It was quite disappointing compared to The Girl On The Train, where everything flowed nicely and the drama was well paced throughout. Hawkins definitely tried to squeeze too much in, there were too many subplots and irrelevant characters with irrelevant backstories, which is a shame because the overall idea of the book was so intruguing.
The only part that made me fully gasp was the last sentence – when the killer is revealed to be someone other than who you thought it was. The killer’s father took the blame for his sons actions, and the last sentence is basically just “He pushed her.” I did audibly gasped but then was fully disappointed because that was it?! No more book?! I know it’s good when a book ends on a cliffhanger because it adds to that mystery and frustration when you’ve finished it but in this case, no thank you. I would’ve loved a shock moment like that during the actual novel itself, rather than just have it tacked on at the end.
Overall, I was so disappointed with Into The Water. I loved the idea and I loved parts of the book, I loved Lena’s character and the story behind Jules and Nel’s fall-out was heartbreaking and gripping, but as a whole, it wasn’t my cup of tea.
Have you read this book yet?