Into the Water is the new novel by Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and it’s a very different novel. Yes, they both fall into the genre of thriller and they’re both about secrets, but other than that there is no similarity between the two. Some of you may rejoice at that, others not so much.
First off I guess what I’ve got to get off my chest is that what stopped this being an exceptional novel for me is that it was told from far too many perspectives.
Lena – daughter of the late Nell Abbott
Jules – sister of the late Nell Abbott
Sean – the police officer investigating the death.
Erin – the other police officer investigating the death.
Helen – Sean’s wife
Patrick – Sean’s father
Nickie – an older woman and a psychic
Louise – mother of Katie and Josh
Josh – son of Louise, brother of Katie
Mark – a teacher at Lena and Katie’s school
As you can see, an exhaustive amounts of POV’s and hardly necessary. Some characters only offering their perspective a couple of times and others dominating. Overall I feel the novel would have better suited in third person omniscient if it needed so many perspectives!
The second thing for me, was that it went on for far too long leaving most of the novel feeling like nothing was happening. This is possibly linked to the amount of perspectives we get as well. The first 150 Pages or so we’re pretty gripping and intriguing, but after that it really slowed down and I found the last few chapters and the big reveals to be rather jumbled and disappointing!
I feel like this was a novel with a potential which it unfortunately doesn’t live up to.