I’m back with another book review this week because of two main reasons. The first being, I was really exhausted from the toughest trek I’d ever done while I was back home in Shillong and the second being I finished another book whilst I was travelling back to University. After a short vacation back home, a tough trek, a bit of socialising and travelling to and fro I finally made time and wrote down my review on my latest read being Into The Water by Paula Hawkins.
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins starts off with the death of Nel Abbott, a writer and mother to a fifteen year old girl named Lena Abbott. Days prior to her death, Nel calls up her estranged sister Jules for help but Jules ignores her sister’s calls and eventually finds out that her sister jumped and plunged to her death. Jules has no other choice but to return to her sister’s house to care for Lena and to face the mystery of Nel’s death while fighting off her primal fears, long- buried memories of the Old Mill house and the small town that is drowning in secrecy.
So I was really excited to read this book by Paula Hawkins after the book promotions promised me that I would like it since I enjoyed reading The Girl On The Train which was her previous work. I liked it but it wasn’t as good as its predecessor and it definitely did not live up to its promise.
The reason I liked the book was because it had a hold on me even though it had a rather average plot. Don’t get me wrong, it was no page turner but it intrigued me enough to want to know more. The multiple point of views which Hawkins writes her books in worked well for The Girl on the Train. But for this book however, it did not work at all. There were too many characters telling the story that it got really confusing especially at the beginning. I found myself constantly flipping to the front page which had the list of characters along with their description to keep track of who was who. And speaking of characters, these guys were some really despicable human beings. I couldn’t find a single character to like because all of them were just bad if not worse. The only one reason that made me like them was because they made me feel like a saint.
For a crime story, there was hardly any suspense and sadly didn’t have any big reveal either. Everything was rather predictable. I wished she’d done a lot better with this book and to be honest, I think Paula Hawkins has a lot of potential of producing better work. So all things considered, I would give this book a 3 out of 5 star rating.
Oh and here’s an image of the waterfall sans the book. It’s called Kshaid Prut and is located near Sohra. So if anybody’s interested in treks or the likes, Meghalaya is the place that you should visit.