Review: Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
Title: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Other books by author: Girl on the Train
Narrator: Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge, Laura Aikman.
Genre: Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Length: 11 hours 31 mins
Overall Rating: 2.5/5
I had high hopes for this book after reading Girl on the Train and watching the movie. I love a good psychological twist that actually leaves me thinking ‘OMFG’. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed.
There are several characters point-of-view that are featured, as well as the historical stories of past woman who had succumbed to the depths of the river. It mixes psychology and crime. although the characters didn’t have has much depth as in Girl on the Train. I was confused early on with the change of characters each chapter, mixed in with the historical stories, more so to do with the way the book was written rather than the narrators. Each time a new character was introduced I was left thinking, ‘hold up who’s this voice now’, and of course as an audio book I couldn’t simply flip back some pages and figure it out. After the first two hours or so I had a grasp on the main players; Nell, Jules, Lina and Shaun (although his family was confusing and it took me a while to decipher him and his father).
There were a number of characters that were thrown in for no real reason; for instance, what was the point of the town psychic Nicky? She didn’t contribute to the story apart from popping up at random places to hint that the death was not a suicide but a murder. I was waiting for her to be somehow involved or to have a premonition twist and shift the story into a different direction. No, she just kept popping up randomly.
In terms of the imagery, I enjoy a descriptive read that enables me to conjure up images that I can no longer see. In this book, I spent more time focusing on figuring out who was who and the lack of descriptiveness wasn’t engaging. My need to finish a book is what kept me reading to the end, in which the ending was, quite frankly, predictable.
The only positive about this book was the performance. I would certainly read another book by any of the narrators, with their mixes of English and Irish accents. However, I will be reluctant to read another Paula Hawkins novel.
Note: All books are available on Audible.