Rezension: Into the Water

The English version of this review is below!

She sinks. By the time they drag her out the second time, her lips are the blue of a bruise, and her breath is gone for good.

Klappentext:
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

Autor/in: Paula Hawkins
Titel: Into the Water
Verlag: Doubleday
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Erscheinungstermin: 2. Mai 2017
Preis Taschenbuch: 12,99 €*

Meine Meinung:
Das Cover ist für die Geschichte und passend zum Thema perfekt gestaltet. Man erkennt nicht nur das auf den ersten Blick offensichtliche Wasser, sondern auch eine Person, die am Ufer steht. Schon das Cover verleiht dem Buch etwas mysteriöses.

Der Schreibstil von Paula Hawkins ist sehr flüssig und einfach zu verstehen.
Die Kapitel sind immer sehr kurz, wodurch sich das Buch wirklich sehr schnell durchlesen lässt.

Als ich angefangen habe das Buch zu lesen, hatte ich zu Beginn so meine Probleme weil es kein Buch ist in das man leicht reinfindet. Die Perspektive wechselt immer zusammen mit den Kapitel zwischen verschiedenen Charakteren. Bei Paula Hawkins ersten Buch „The Girl on the Train“ war dies auch schon der Fall, jedoch war es dort einfacher den Überblick zu behalten, da dort die Perspektive nur zwischen drei unterschiedlichen Charakteren gewechselt hat. Bei diesem Buch hingegen, kommen deutlich mehr Perspektiven vor und ich hatte Probleme die Leute einzuordnen, was zu Verwirrung geführt hat und es hat eine Weile gedauert bis ich mir wirklich sicher war wer genau nochmal diese Person war.

Die Hauptcharaktere des Buches, Jules und Lena, mochte ich eigentlich ganz gerne und vor allem auch die Entwicklung die die Charaktere durchlaufen. Ich finde, ihre Persönlichkeit ist schön dargestellt und auch die Emotionen, die sie durch den Verlust ihrer Schwester bzw. Mutter verspüren, wurden gut vermittelt.

Part of me is gone, and I wasn’t even allowed to see her. I wasn’t allowed to squeeze her hand or kiss her goodbye or tell her how sorry I am.

Das Buch beginnt direkt mit dem Tod von Nel Abbott, weshalb ihre Perspektive nicht vorkommt. Jedoch werden Gedanken von ihr über eine Geschichte wiedergegeben, welche sie vor ihrem Tod geschrieben hat und natürlich auch durch die Aussagen der anderen, welche meist jedoch negativ ausfallen, wird sie charakterisiert.

I thought perhaps that I should kiss you, if like Sleeping Beauty that might do the trick, and that made me smile because you’d hate that idea. You were never the princess, you were never the passive beauty waiting for a prince, you were something else. You sided with darkness, with the wicked stepmother, the bad fairy, the witch.

Der Drowning Pool erzählt eine Geschichte, welche mit der Zeit aufgeklärt wird, denn Nel Abbott ist nicht die einzige Frau, die hier ihr Leben verlor. Während der Aufklärung des Rätsels um Nel Abbotts Tod, werden somit auch die Umstände der anderen Morde aufgegriffen.

Auch das Leitmotiv des Wassers und des Flusses sind sehr gut in die Geschichte eingefügt und verleiht dem ganzen Buch etwas Mysteriöses.

Its name carries weight; and yet, what is it? A bend in the river, that’s all. A meander. You’ll find it if you follow the river in all its twists and turns, swelling and flooding , giving life and taking it too. The river is by turns cold and clean, stagnant polluted; it snakes through forest and cuts like steel through the soft Cheviot Hills, and then, just north of Beckford, it slows. It rests, just for a while, at the Drowning Pool.

Die Auflösung am Ende fand ich zwar in Ordnung und nicht komplett vorhersehbar, obwohl ich schon so meine Vermutungen hatte und damit auch fast richtig lag, aber es hat sich leider gegen Ende hin ein bisschen gezogen, was sehr schade war.

Das Buch ist sprachlich gut geschrieben, war spannend und man konnte sich in der Geschichte verlieren auch wenn es für meinen Geschmack an manchen Stellen ein bisschen zu langsam voranging und die vielen Charaktere verwirrend waren.
Trotzdem gebe ich dem Buch 4 von 5 Elefanten!

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English Version!

She sinks. By the time they drag her out the second time, her lips are the blue of a bruise, and her breath is gone for good.

Blurb:
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

Author: Paula Hawkins
Title: Into the Water
Publisher: Doubleday
Number of pages: 368 pages
Publication date: 2. May 2017

 

The Cover is perfectly suitable for the topic of the book. One can not only see the water, which is obvious at first sight, but also a person standing at the shore. Already the cover makes the book seem mysterious.

The style of writing of Paula Hawkins is very smooth and easy to understand. The chapters are always very short and one is able to read through the whole book very fast.

When I started reading the book, I was having troubles with it because I was not getting into the story very easily. The narrative perspectives are changing along with the chapters between various characters. This was also the case in Paula Hawkin’s first book, „The Girl on the Train“, however, it was easier to stay on top of things there, because the perspectives were only switching between three different people. In this book, on the contrary, are a lot more perspectives and I had problems to categorize them. This was really confusing and it took me some time to be find out through the eyes of which character the story was told.

I really liked the main characters of this book, Jules and Lena and especially their development during the story. Their personality was beautifully depicted and also the emotions which they were feeling because of the loss of their sister and mother were conveyed.

Part of me is gone, and I wasn’t even allowed to see her. I wasn’t allowed to squeeze her hand or kiss her goodbye or tell her how sorry I am.

The story immediately starts with the Nel Abbott’s death and therefore no chapter is written from her perspective. However, her thoughts are reproduced through a story which she wrote before her death and she is characterized through the descriptions of the others, which are mostly negative.

I thought perhaps that I should kiss you, if like Sleeping Beauty that might do the trick, and that made me smile because you’d hate that idea. You were never the princess, you were never the passive beauty waiting for a prince, you were something else. You sided with darkness, with the wicked stepmother, the bad fairy, the witch.

The Drowning Pool includes a story which is explained over time because Nel Abbott is not the only woman who has lost her life in the Drowning Pool. Throughout the dissolution of Nel Abbott’s death, the circumstances of the other victims are seized.

Moreover, the leitmotif of the water and the river are included very nicely into the story and makes the book more mysterious.

Its name carries weight; and yet, what is it? A bend in the river, that’s all. A meander. You’ll find it if you follow the river in all its twists and turns, swelling and flooding , giving life and taking it too. The river is by turns cold and clean, stagnant polluted; it snakes through forest and cuts like steel through the soft Cheviot Hills, and then, just north of Beckford, it slows. It rests, just for a while, at the Drowning Pool.

The dissolution in the end was alright and not completely predictable, even though I already had a guess and I was almost right, but unfortunately it was a bit slow sometimes.

The book is well written, thrilling and one could get lost in the story, even though in my opinion it was sometimes a bit too slow and the many characters were confusing.
To put it all in a nutshell, I’m giving the book 4 of 5 elephants!

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