Into The Water- Review!

Into the water by Paula Hawkins, Published by Transworld Publishers, and Hawkins second novel.

Into the water surrounds itself with murder, mystery and heartache, the novel is told from a variety of characters, who have been affected by the Death of Nel Abbott. Including points of view from Lena and Jules the immediate family of Nel. Into the water had a similar vibe to The Girl on the Train, which I absolutely devoured, the writing style was the same, easy to get into and allows for a quick read due to heavy use of dialogue. which despite a lack of description and world building the use of the dialogue allows for the reader to understand the characters and form a deep emotional connection, I found to be deeply drawn to Lena and Jules especially. Some chapters are written in a way I felt as though I was Nel and understood the pain these characters were going through, and some chapters were written as though the reader is simply a fly on the wall, observing the event unfold before their eyes. I was deeply drawn into this book due to its writing style. It had shocking twists that left me itching to find out more.

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes reading books, is when an author will talk about a book that a character loves, but that book doesn’t exist in the real world. Hawkins’s include snippets of a book mentioned within this novel, which I found to be a lovely touch, I just thought it added more depth to the story.

Overall I thought this story was enticing and engaging, the characters are well developed and throughout, the reader understands who like and hate, the whole novel a vibe of midsummer murders, which is a guilty pleasure of mine. However the only concern with this book was the ending, it just I thought fell a little short.

Overall I rate this book 3.5*

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It Stephen King – Review

Finally I have finished my first book of the year! I know it has taken me until late June to even finish my first book, but that was due to the stressful beginning of the year I had. I also decided that it was a perfect time to read It during my final weeks of University. That wasn’t smart, so therefore resulted in a rather lengthy reading period for the whole book, none the less here’s my review.

It is the third King novel that I had read. I love the way that King writes a story, he covers every element a reader could ask for. Well developed and loved characters, with detailed backgrounds, beautiful world building of the town Derry, and references events in which some readers would not be aware of such as the way that the African American’s were treated within america around the time.

It focuses around ‘The Losers Club’ a group of eleven year old children who are compelled together due to the horrific events that plague Derry. The Loser’s Club consists of Bill, Ben, Beverly, Stan, Richie, Eddie and Mike, who decide that they will save Derry from the monster that causes the horrific events every 27 years.
King’s novel is divided between the present year of 1985, where the gang of the Loser’s Club have all grown up and their memories of what happened in Derry are a blur, and the year 1957 where the reader is thrown back in time to understand where it all began. This allows for the reader to become submersed within the story of the Loser’s Club and their adventure of saving Derry. I particularly warmed to the characters of Eddie and Beverly, I think that King has a perfect way of capturing the child like innocents that the readers can relate too. I found myself laughing a few times at the childish remarks said between the gang as they reminded myself of childhood and also my younger siblings.  Throughout the reader is consumed with a confusing notion over what It is, however that’s exactly what it is, it is IT. I got the idea that even King wanted to remain unsure over what the monster fully is, the way it can change to create fear, reminded me of Harry Potter.  Overall the novel is full of twists and turns, endless murders, shocking and disturbing themes of the traditional horror narrative.

However despite loving the characters, the world, the way King created the monster It, I thought it was fantastic, however I wish there was further elaboration on where It came from, and the nature of it, despite that I love this novel and can’t believe I finished it! The books is HUGE! (1376 pages!) I do intend to read the book again at some point, as I’d like to read it with the perfect setting, so I can experience the book fully. I also believe that reading this book a second time, it would be a lot easier to follow. The complications revolve around how King just throws you into the event which is happening, whilst also showing the flash back of the same event allowing the reader to understand the difference between them, I personally found it a little confusing from time to time. The reading environment also needs to perfect I feel when reading a King novel, I read Salem’s Lot when I was house sitting in the middle of nowhere and the book was terrifying. Overall I rated this King novel at 4*

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