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text 2020-07-09 16:26
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Into the Water: A Novel - Paula Hawkins

There were way too many points of view and I ended up losing track of who was who.

 

File under "nope".

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text 2020-07-06 15:23
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Into the Water: A Novel - Paula Hawkins

Oh god, how many more POVs are we going to get? They all sound the bloody same anyway.

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text 2019-08-14 01:42
Is This Considered Suspense? (Question for Halloween Bingo Square)
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I don't read a lot of suspense, so I don't know exactly what qualifies. I know this book has been popular, and the premise looks interesting.

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review 2018-05-21 00:00
Into the Water
Into the Water - Paula Hawkins This book was much much slower than The Girl on the Train, and with the large cast of characters and alternating view points any momentum gained in a chapter is quickly lost with a new view point, making the reading a chore to get through. I liked the premise, found the storyline interesting, but found the execution sluggish. I had a hard time figuring out who did what being that all the characters had reason to feel guilty. There were no likeable characters at all, and with that being the case, there was no one to relate to in order to hook me into the story and make me feel connected, or make me sympathetic, or even make me that interested in getting to the end. That said, it was a mystery if not an out and out thriller, so I'll go with 3.5 stars.
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review 2018-03-03 03:53
Into the Water
Into The Water - Paula Hawkins,Laura Aikman,Sophie Aldred,Rachel Bavidge

So, there is a swimming hole know as "the drowning pool."  In the 1600s, teenage girls and women accused of witchcraft were drowned there.  Since then, it's been a place of a string of other mysterious deaths--suicides, murders, undetermined.  The most recent woman to be found dead in the pool is Nel Abbott, who had been working on a manuscript about the women and girls who had died in it over the years, and this on the tail of 15-year-old Katie Whittaker's suicide.  These deaths are one-two punch for Lena Abbott, Nel's daughter and Katie's best friend.  And suddenly Jules, Nel's estranged sister and Katie's last remaining family member, arrives to look after the niece she has never known.

 

This book ended up leaving me kind of cold.  It is told from the multiple perspectives of a large cast, some narrated in first person, while others are in a more detached third.  The "Jules" sections are often dominated by Jules addressing as "you" her dead sister.  Not my favorite device.  Also interspersed are several excerpts from Nel's manuscript, The Drowning Pool. Although I mostly listened to the audio version, I quickly picked up the hardcover, when I realized that early on I was fairly lost as to who the characters were.  Reading the early chapters in print helped pull everything into place, but even once I was used to the cast, I sometimes found myself needing to think a moment to remember who some of the characters were and how they were connected to other characters.

 

I did find myself interested in following through to the resolution, but I didn't find the resolution satisfying.

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