Paula Hawkins is the reason why I’ve read 15 books this year. Yes, 15. Last summer I picked up ‘Girl on a Train’ after much hype and lead up to the movie. I wanted to read it before I saw the movie and I had just started a new job that had me traveling solo a lot. I figured what better way to kill time in an airport than reading a book. I wanted to try and unplug from being on Instagram and Snapchat so much, so I asked for a few referrals for books and Paula’s came up a bunch of times – it was perfect. It had been a while since I read a book so quickly and actually enjoyed it. It led me to read as many books as I could find in that genre and here we are, a year later still reading a book a week with no end in sight. When I found out there was a new book coming out by Paula called ‘Into the Water’, I didn’t even care what it was about – I pre-ordered it and patiently waited for it to arrive.
The storyline is about a mother that turns up dead at the bottom of a river that runs through town that has a history of being a place where people have died traumatically. It goes through the aftermath and the police investigation. Here are my thoughts:
Hardcover vs. Paperback
I hate when books are hardcover. I know this is so superficial, but I hate carrying large hardcover books during my commute. Plus, I know they’re just going to release softcover versions in a year but I can be so impatient sometimes. Also, funny story – I once wanted a book so bad but it was only in hardcover, so I went on Amazon and ordered it, super excited because I thought I found it in paperback, only to receive it and realize it was paperback … but was in large print. That went back real quick.
I felt the book jumped around a lot from different viewpoints. This is fairly standard in these psychological thriller type books, but I found this one to be very disjointed and hard to follow the viewpoints at times.
I didn’t find it as gripping and ‘page turning’ as ‘Girl on a Train’ and the twist didn’t excite me or surprise me like some others that I have read. This could be because I’ve read so many books in this genre that it’s not surprising anymore.
I think her first novel was such a hit that there was a lot of build-up and hype surrounding this once. I felt a bit let down and under-whelmed afterward. Would I read it again? Probably not. I thought it was okay, but I wasn’t upset when it ended (my telltale sign of a good book).