In 2015, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins debut thriller, was a hit. This story of this book is nothing like that.
This book is set in Beckford, a small English town. The story revolves around not just one but ten characters. Since it is a small town, all their lives are linked. More than the mystery, I was actually interested in finding out how their stories were connected. The huge array of characters can be a plus or a minus. For me, at times it was really difficult to remember them, and I kept flipping back pages. Each chapter is told in a different character’s perspective. Within the first 50 pages, there are nearly 9-10 characters. This can be a little overwhelming. On the other hand, you get to hear their story from their point of view.
The story begins with Nel Abbott, a single mother, ending up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. She had moved back to the town to write a book about the mysteries surrounding ‘The Drowning Pool’, in which many women throughout the town’s history have met their deaths. She was fascinated by the waters from her childhood. This made her unpopular among the residents of the town. When Nel dies, there are few people who are secretly feeling happy about it. I found most of the characters very despicable.
Nel’s younger sister, Jules, arrives in Beckford to look after Nel’s 15-year-old daughter, Lena. Lena has just lost not only her mother, but also her best friend, Katie. Beckfort brings back a lot of traumatic memories for Jules. She and her sister, had a major fall out, and had stopped talking to each other for a really long time. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister, but Jules never picked up the call. Knowing all this makes Lena hate Jules. Once Jules realises the truth about the incident that separated them, she is so broken that she was not able to help her sister when she needed her the most.
Nel had documented the stories about each death that took place in the Drowning Pool. With the help of that, the investigators try to solve the mystery. So as the story moves on, we get to know how all the characters are connected and the mystery behind each death is revealed.
The chapters are really short and that makes it fast paced. I wasn’t really that invested in the mystery in this compared to The Girl on the Train. If you pick this one without much expectations, you may enjoy it. For me, it was an average read.
My Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Random House (2 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857524437
- ISBN-13: 978-0857524430