Published by Riverhead Books on May 2nd 2017
Genre: Mystery + Thriller + Suspense
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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.
Another so so thriller for me. I did enjoy the book, it kept my interest enough, but there wasn’t a wow factor for me. I often enjoy books that have multiple character’s perspectives but this book had way too many points of view. It didn’t allow you to get invested in any one character and oftentimes felt muddled. I found myself having to go back pages to remember who I was even reading about. Not to mention all the characters were not likeable people in the least. The story itself was decent and just interesting enough to keep me wanting to keep reading but the climax didn’t surprise me. I saw it coming almost from the beginning. There were also parts of the story that were not very believable such as Helen & Patrick’s weird relationship, the reasons behind the falling out between Nel & Jules, Sean’s recollection of what happened to his mother, to name a few.
I was one who really liked The Girl on the Train so this book was a bit of a let down. It is hard to follow up such a hit so I would still give Paula Hawkins’ next book a chance.
“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”
“It’s, like, when someone has an affair, why does the wife always hate the other woman? Why doesn’t she hate her husband? He’s the one who’s betrayed her, he’s the one who swore to love her and keep her and whatever forever and ever. Why isn’t he the one who gets shoved off a fucking cliff?”
“She had never realized before her life was torn apart how awkward grief was, how inconvenient for everyone with whom the mourner came into contact. At first it was acknowledged and respected and deferred to. But after a while it got in the way—of conversation, of laughter, of normal life.”
“The things I want to remember I can’t, and the things I try so hard to forget just keep coming.”