What I’m Reading: Into the Water

From the bookjacket:
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool …

My review:
This book had been on my “to-read” list for a while when I was lucky enough to receive it as a gift for Christmas! I was excited to jump into it as I heard a lot of great things about it and really loved Hawkins’ previous hit, The Girl on the Trainso my hopes were high for Into the Water.

While it was slightly predicable and somethings didn’t surprise me, I still quiet enjoyed reading this book and couldn’t put it down. I found myself drawn to the storyline, desperately wanting to know what exactly happened and what was going to happen to the characters in the book – even though there was a lot of them.

I wasn’t so keen on was the pure volume of characters and I found myself flipping back to the beginning of the chapter to remind myself of who was narrating. A few of the character’s storylines I found to be unnecessary, like Josh and Nickie, and they probably could have been omitted or absorbed into another storyline with ease and to save confusion. There were characters whose storylines I preferred to read over others as well; I felt that Lena and Jules’ characters were more interesting and developed than the rest, rightfully so really since the main subject of the story involves their mother/sister. I couldn’t help but want to know more about either of them.

I’m going to give Into the Water 4 stars out of 5. I’m not sure if it’s better than The Girl on the Train, but it wasn’t worse. I enjoyed more of the characters and if there was such thing  it would get another .25 stars. (Although this is my blog and I suppose I can install such a rating system if I please.) #winkyface

Have you read either of Hawkins’ books? Which did you prefer?

What I’m Reading: The Girl on the Train

22557272From Goodreads.com:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

My review:
Yet another book that I’m certain I’m one of the last people on the planet to have JUST read it. And I didn’t even realize it was being made into a movie until I downloaded and wondered why the F Emily Blunt was on the cover. Either way, I digress …

So, The Girl on the Train is/was referred to frequently as the “next Gone Girl.” I personally think that Gone Girl is the better read out of the two, but that’s not to say that The Girl on the Train was bad; the characters weren’t just as captivating for me as Gone Girl’s. I found Rachel to be messy and irritating, and Anna just drove me bananas. And what happened with the guy with the red hair? I felt he would’ve had a bigger role in the end, but apparently not.

Still, I found myself chewing through the pages because I just needed to know who did it, and the guilty person surprised me a little. Hawkins did a great job keeping me guessing, I just wished the characters were more likeable. There wasn’t a single character that made me think, “She/he COULDN’T have done it, I like them too much!”

Overall, I’m giving The Girl on the Train 4 stars out of 5, only a half-star less than Gone Girl.