Friday, July 14, 2017

Listen Up: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I don't normally talk about the audio books I listen to because most of them are backlist, but I really want to start! So, I'm starting Listen Up to write short reviews on the books that I listen to! 
Audio, 9 parts
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Published by: Penguin Audio
Read from: DNF
Source: Library 
For fans of: Adult,  Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Thriller, Audio, Stand-alone

     The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.
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.
     With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
     Beware a calm surface--you never know what lies beneath.
     Cast of Narrators:
Rachel Bavidge, as third person narrator/Nel's voice
Sophie Aldred, as Jules
Daniel Weyman, as Sean & Josh
Imogen Church, as Erin Morgan
Laura Aikman, as Lena


  I was iffy about this from the start because I was not the biggest fan of The Girl on the Train. I remember even liking the movie better than the book. So you can understand that I had some trepidation when I heard this one was coming out.
     I've said this many times in various reviews that I'm a character driven reader. Hawkins seems to ALWAYS make characters that I can't stand. And this one had SO MANY OF THEM. For all the point of views this book had, I wasn't a fan of any of them. As a psychological thriller I'm sure that's the goal, but there's supposed to be at least one character who seems ok.
     I also was not a fan of the plot. In the entire 2 and a half CDs that I listened to, I was not creeped out and I didn't care about any of the plot twists that were revealed. It just didn't seem like there was much happening and I didn't care to finish it. This was disheartening because everyone has said this one is better than GotT. I wanted to like it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
     I've decided that if there's a movie, I'll watch it, but for now I can do without finding out what happens at the end of this book. I'm not sure I even remembered what I read to begin with. 
DNF at 3 out of 9 CDs

Did you read this?
What did you think? 

1 comment:

  1. I can get over not liking the characters, especially with thrillers because strangely I prefer to hate them in these kinds of books because that makes them more interesting to me. But not connecting to the plot or the twists is really too bad. Great review!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally