Having read, devoured, and thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride that was Girl on a Train by Hawkins, I had the bar set quite high for this one and to be honest, I was kinda let down.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad read, it just really didn’t have that wow factor for me.
After learning of her estranged sisters (Nell) apparent suicide, Jules Abbott travels back to her home town to wrap up her sisters affairs and try to figure out what to do with her teenage niece. The drowning pool, as it’s known in town, has claimed the lives of women dating all the way back to the days of witch hunts and was also the topic of the book Nell was in the process of writing, chonricaling all the women and their stories who had lost their lives in it’s icy depths. Jules isn’t convinced that her sister would ever purposefully take her own life and after a few days in the town, begins to have suspicions of foul play. Being back home brings back memories that Jules has worked hard to forget, painful memories which include her own near death at the drowning pool.
Overall not a bad read, the characters were well written and engaging, even if I wish they hadn’t been so predictable. The drowning pools history was eerie and interesting to read and provided a great backdrop and setting for the plot. I think my issue was with the predictability. I (like most mystery/thriller readers I would venture to say) was really waiting for that wow moment that unfortunately just didn’t come. The ending was predictable and I had it figured out pretty early on in the book. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the ride to get there, but It wasn’t the shocker I was craving nevertheless. The ending could have been wrapped up a little quicker, I didn’t feel like we needed all that “after”the mystery was solved” information.
Anyone have any thoughts on this one? Did you like it as much as Girl on a Train?
Until next week my bookish friends!