Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 3 stars
When Jules' sister Nell is found dead in the place known as "the drowning pool", she is shocked by the loss but far from surprised. Nell had always been obsessed with the pool and the stories of the women who lost their lives in it through witchcraft trials or suicide. When it becomes increasingly clear to her that there's more to Nell's death than it appears, she starts digging into the secrets the town harbors and even the secrets she has kept from herself.
This is Hawkins' much anticipated follow up to her juggernaut best seller Girl on the Train and die-hard fans will most likely enjoy this book. While this novel is completely different, those who didn't like Girl on the Train will also probably not like this either. The premise was interesting but the author just takes way too long to set up the mystery for very little pay off. Within the first 40 pages, there are 7 points of view telling the story. That's just too much to ask the reader to keep track of. It doesn't allow the reader to get invested in the story and the character development suffers. It's as if the author forgot that this is a 386 page book and not Game of Thrones!. The concept is good; the delivery is problematic. Hawkins is good with prose and the plot is a nice break from the deluge of copycat Gone Girl and Girl on the Train knockoffs that have flooded the mystery market. Overall I found the book to be forgettable.