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.
Wow. You are left with this emotion as you finish the book. This book is attention-grabbing and is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. It is that addictive and suspenseful . The setting that Paula Hawkins creates is as eerie as beautiful – Beckford with hills and valleys and a river running through it. The start was so intriguing as we get to know Nel, Jules and the Drowning Pool. The description of Drowning Pool which is the place where so many female deaths have happened is chilling. The characters were so real and interesting and sometimes messed up, but you cannot have a thriller which doesn’t have unlikeable characters and author has done a good job in crafting all these elements into a superb story.
There were some dark bits which were a bit disturbing for me. Also, my interest started waning after about halfway through the book as it seemed stretched. And the murderer was pretty easy to guess and this book felt as if it had no climax. It was centred around so many lives and the multiple perspectives were a bit confusing at first. But the author connected them without leaving me muddled. All in all, a dark, mysterious thriller which leaves you breathless.
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