Book Review: Paula Hawkins’s ‘Into The Water’

I feel about this novel after The Girl on the Train as I did about Frog Music after Room: it’s so stylistically different that it’s hard to believe it’s the same author.

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It’s a lame The Dry¬†setting-wise, but a better The Lost Girls¬†drama-wise, with an easy-to-solve mystery (same as in another recent novel) and a couple of “loose ends” (left to interpretation).

We get the story piecemeal from multiple POVs (13 in just the first 119 pages comprising Part One) that mention and allude to additional characters past and present (the chapters not only alternate among narrators but also among different time periods between the 17th century and 2015).

Because of this complex structure that substitutes for a truly twisty plot, I felt at the beginning as though I’d tuned into a TV serial in the middle of a return season. It took me till the middle of the book to have the characters and their converging storylines sorted.

During the two back-to-back sittings in which I read it, I kept flipping back through the pages, to review earlier details. So, for a less disruptive if not also less laborious reading experience, I suggest getting the ebook (definitely not the audiobook!) for its search feature.

 

Release date: May 2, 2017