My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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. Goodreads
Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. Yes, that was exactly what I did not get from this book. That "OH NO"! feeling I had when reading The Girl on the Train.
It wasn't bad. It was quite a decent read. Just not what I have expected. I knew who the killer was before page 20 and I actually thought I was suppose to know who it was. Like Columbo, you know? You always know who the killer is and then the aim of the story is how Columbo is going to proof the ifs, hows and whys. At around page 130 I realized that was not the case. But I still knew who it was.
1. There are one too many characters. Confuse the audience and call in Jessica Fletcher. She knows how to pick a random killer.
2. The setting. Think: Water. Cliffs. Abandoned cottages. Small town. Urban Legends.
3. Weird characters. Not only the one with purple hair. The one with purple bruises are also quite the interesting one.
4. Witches. Ghosts. Spirits. Foggy mirrors.
5.Memories. Flashbacks. Childhood trauma.
See? Great movie coming up. Maybe you should wait for the movie. And then decide to read the book. It's normally the other way around, but let's make an exception.
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