Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

June 17, 2017 | 2 comments


What: Psychological thriller published in May 2017.

Setting: Small town in the UK.

Plot in brief: The apparent suicide of a single mother, with similarities to the death of a teenage girl a few months earlier, brings out secrets from the past that the inhabitants of the town would prefer stay hidden.

The good: The tagline “Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath” is sadly the best thing about this book.

The not-so-good: There are so many things about this book that I have issues with. It has a very big cast, borderline too big. For every chapter, the narrative voice switches to another character and because all chapters are told in first-person point-of-view, I found it extremely hard to keep track of who was doing what or even which character the story was following at what time. To make everything worse, I didn’t like any of the characters. The big cast and the narrative style was extremely distracting from the mystery, which is supposed to be the thing that ties all the different characters (and their own stories) together. I found it disjointed, confusing, and honestly, quite boring.

Why I read it: I liked the author’s previous book, The Girl on the Train, which this is constantly compared to.

My rating: ★★ (1.5 stars)

Conclusion: Not worth reading.