Hey guys! Exciting news!
Paula Hawkins, the crafty writer of The Girl on the Train is set to release a new suspense novel out on May 2nd, 2017! That date is from an article from USA Today (which you can read here) so if it changes I will update this!
This will be Paula Hawkins latest novel since The Girl on the Train, which was a bestseller in 2015.
I have read and reviewed The Girl on the Train, you can find my thoughts on it here. I enjoyed the book and I also enjoyed the movie! I have no doubt that Hawkins will deliver another thought- provoking novel.
Here’s what we know about her new novel, Into The Water, so far:
- It will be a suspense novel
- The premise of the plot is about family secrets and “the slipperiness of the truth” (Sounds a little like what Rachel experiences in The Girl on the Train?)
- The plot is about the discovery of two bodies, a mother and a teenage girl, at the bottom of a river and the investigation that ensues.
- Hawkins said in a statement to USA Today, “For me there is something irresistible about the stories we tell ourselves, the way voices and truths can be hidden consciously or unconsciously, memories can be washed away and whole histories submerged.”
- Sarah McGrath, Hawkins editor has said, “Just as The Girl on the Train explored voyeurism and self-perception, so does ‘Into the Water’ interrogate the deceitfulness of memory and all the dangerous ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present and future.”
So, my thoughts so far:
I having a feeling Hawkins will do a multiple perspective just as she did in The Girl on the Train. She writes multiple perspectives well and knows how to play them into the story and create that suspenseful arc that keeps you turning the pages because what one character starts to believe may very well alter the story from the next characters perspective on the next page thus constantly changing what you think has happened. It’s mind boggling and I love it.
Again, this story has a murder involved and by the quote used “slipperiness of the truth”, most likely someone who was at the scene of the crime but has their mind altered somehow, so through the story they try to remember what happened and bits and pieces keep flowing back to them and finally they are able to piece it together and solve what was in front of them all along. Sound familiar? Kind of the same premise as The Girl on the Train. However, we all know that a story will always have bits and pieces that sound very familiar to other plots and storylines that we’ve read. That many stories in the world? C’mon we’re bound to think about similar plot lines.
Anyways, I know that a story may sound familiar to another that I’ve read but what makes its different: the characters. The interactions between the characters, the thoughts, the feelings. All of that is what makes each story so unique. So to end this weird ramble, I have full faith that Hawkins will be creating a new set of dynamic characters that will keep us turning the pages in Into The Water.
Another great article that covers this is from Huffington Post here. 🙂
What are your thoughts on Hawkins new novel? Excited for it? Not a fan of her writing? Think it will be the same as The Girl on the Train? I want to know! Let me know in the comments below. 🙂