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Review of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I just finished Into the Water by Paula Hawkins  and man oh man I hate to say it but I wasn’t a huge fan! The word I want to use to describe the book is: BLAND


The book was okay but not nearly as good as Girl on a Train and I was honestly thankful when it was over. The jumping of the characters had me all confused and it just didn’t flow like it should.  After reading, I went to the book forum on Goodread and I found that I wasn’t alone!  Many people didn’t quite understand the ending and had loads of questions about who killed who, etc.  I know it’s a big no, no to compare an author’s previous book to a new one but this book was hyped up so much!  Every bookstore I went to or book Pinterest board I visited showcased the book and stated it was a must read; therefore it is only right that the book lived up to its expectation lol!

Here are what a few people are saying on Goodread:

 

 

Therefore drum roll please! I give this book  3 STARS!

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I gave it three only because the book did get pretty interesting towards the end which did cause me to finish it. Also, as you all know, I am a lover of characters and I became a fan of the toughness of the main character Lena.

I don’t want to give anything away (because I love yall so much!) so I won’t go into detail about certain things in the book since a lot of people have told me they plan to read it. HOWEVER if anyone has read this please provide your opinion, let’s talk about it!

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33 thoughts on “Review of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins”

  1. Finally, i finished the book. In the end i liked it, not as much as i liked the girl on the train but while i was reading it i was intriguing to discover the killer. I was pretty sure he was the one who killed Nel.I wasn’t wrong!

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    1. So you had a feeling he did it? I genuinely had no idea lol I was for sure it was the
      Dad! And I agree, wanting to know the killer got me to the finish line for sure.

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  2. Ugh, I’m so happy to see this review! I rarely get a chance to read so when I do, I want to make sure it is a good one! I can tell you my next book won’t be this one! haha Thanks!

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  3. I wasn’t a big fan of The girl on the train. I found it boring and had a hard time finishing it. I find it a bit messy and did not like the writing at all. This is my personal opinion though. I did like Gone Girl, same kind of creepy scenario, and I liked the writing better. I don’t think I will try Into the water now 🙂

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    1. I’m glad I was able to help! While I love reading books can be expensive and every penny counts! 😀 Happy reading!

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  4. I like your reviews and I appreciate you don’t spoil the secrets! This kind of book is not my cup of tea though 🙂

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    1. Hahaha I try and be considerate especially since some people are finishing up/ will read the book. Just because I wasn’t a fan doesn’t mean others may not be 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Haha, I was honestly thankful it was over! That made me laugh! I hate when I feel like that after reading a book. Horrible. I so wanted this to be good and might still give it a go because I loved the girl on the train but hey, it’s always hard to beat the book that makes author really famous 🙂 x

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    1. It’s never easy for the author to duplicate another famous book and make it just as exciting lol. I encourage you to check it out though! Your experience may be totally different then mine 🙂

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  6. I just read Time magazine’s review of this book, and it’s interesting: “Hawkins’ stagecraft is at times shaky: motives are overstated, action sequences are vague (“I don’t know what happened then. He fell, I think …”) and details can get muddled, making it easier to separate red herrings from real clues…” the review says. “Yet suspense, for Hawkins, is almost secondary; part of the thrill of her thrillers is the social commentary.” I guess if you look at the book from the perspective of how the women are wronged, it is about that as much as a mystery.

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    1. I am glad I’m not the only one who feels this way about the book. I guess looking at it from the woman’s perspective does make it a little better. But I still wasn’t a huge fan of the book smh

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  7. lately I’ve been reading books that leave me like that. And it upsets me specially when many people recommend it! I’ll check out Girl on a train

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    1. It’s a petpeeve! My friend told me I had to read the book immediately and then later admitted she stopped liking it! Lol grr

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  8. Oh my, i am reading this book nowadays and i just hope it will get better as for now i can’t really fall into it. i read a few pages every night but not so many so the next night i have already forgot the characters. ha ha. The first book was really fantastic so i will be a little bit disappointed if this one don’t much my expectations.

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    1. It was super slow for me too! The middle gets better though but I hate books like that. I like for it to be great from the beginning to end!

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