Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return..." [+ more]

On man! I loved The girl on the Train but I couldn't put up with this book. So many PoVs! Ten, I read someone said? That is A LOT of people to keep track of for me.

I didn't like any of the characters; they were all bland, meh. I wasn't interested in reading so many points of views because they were insipid. Unlike Beartown by Fredrik Backman which has a lot of characters (I think more than Into the Water) but each character is distinctly different from each other. I enjoyed reading that one. I know the plot/story is not about a particular character per se, so maybe that is why nobody is given too much depth.

Lena is accusing her aunt, Jules, of not caring about her dead mother Nel. How does Jules react? Well, she didn't react at all. I wanted to see some spark, some emotion. Why is Lena mad at an aunt she didn't even have contact with? Could be a British thing but I think that in real life people must have more emotions than what shown here.

So yes, I got bored with so many characters. I wasn't interested in reading so many points of view.

I wasn't expecting this to be another "girl on the train", no. I read it because I liked The Girl on the Train, thus this one should be equally good. Well, it wasn't for me. But if you don't mind reading so many points of view you might find this "mystery" enjoyable.