Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Monday, July 31, 2017

Into the WaterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.


Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath. Goodreads


Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. Yes, that was exactly what I did not get from this book. That "OH NO"! feeling I had when reading The Girl on the Train.

It wasn't bad. It was quite a decent read. Just not what I have expected. I knew who the killer was before page 20 and I actually thought I was suppose to know who it was. Like Columbo, you know? You always know who the killer is and then the aim of the story is how Columbo is going to proof the ifs, hows and whys. At around page 130 I realized that was not the case. But I still knew who it was.

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One thing I will definitely credit this book with, is the movie potential. I loved the book and the movie of The Girl on the Train and I still believe that Marc Platt did a great job in producing the movie. That book didn't have a strong movie-feel and it came out soooo good. My opinion. But Into the Water does have it. This book will make a GREAT movie.

1. There are one too many characters. Confuse the audience and call in Jessica Fletcher. She knows how to pick a random killer.

2. The setting. Think: Water. Cliffs. Abandoned cottages. Small town. Urban Legends.

3. Weird characters. Not only the one with purple hair. The one with purple bruises are also quite the interesting one.

4. Witches. Ghosts. Spirits. Foggy mirrors.

5.Memories. Flashbacks. Childhood trauma.

See? Great movie coming up. Maybe you should wait for the movie. And then decide to read the book. It's normally the other way around, but let's make an exception.


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The intended "It's Monday! What are you reading? #9

Monday, July 24, 2017

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And so the last of my friends visiting over the winter holidays packed up and left yesterday. It's just me and the books once again. Or that is the intention. But we all know about good intentions, don't we?


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I haven't listened to many audio books so far this year. I haven't actually read as many physical books or e-books either. It's just one of those years I guess.... But I really, really want to listen to more audio books. I love the classics and most of the readers on Librivox are very good narrators. This version of Sense and Sensibility was read by Karen Savage and I enjoyed listening to her.

But now I feel like a bit more contemporary or popular reads on audio books. I spend last Monday night browsing through audio libraries and downloaded two books that have been on my TBR list for ages. The first one that I started listening to ended up on my most dreaded shelf...... The Abandoned shelf.

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38447I know, I hate that shelf. Of the over 900 books on my Goodreads profile, there are only 5 books that I just couldn't finish for various reason. If you see what book I so dismally abandoned, you might just hate me too.

 I've listened to just over an hour of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and I really, really, really just can't get into it. Yes, I know it is a literary masterpiece and I see all the raving reviews from people who's opinions I highly value, but no - this does not do anything for me. Yes, I can see that it is a landmark for feminist movements and I can also see the endless discussion points and literary analysis. And yes, I did read 1984 by George Orwell and thoroughly enjoyed it and I did partake in the endless discussions for that book. I can't exactly pinpoint what it is that puts my off on The Handmaid's Tale, I just feel that life is way to short to spend it on books you don't want to read. I intended to read it for such a long time, so yes again, I am rather disappointed. But I believe it might just be me. It's all me. Not the book. 

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Currently Reading

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Yes, it is the same as last week. Almost. Please refer back to opening quote. 

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I only aspire to finish my 2 currently reading books this week. And spending time with the following books as well: 

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While listening to the one, I will be querkling on the other one. Hours of anticipated fun. Not intended fun, but highly anticipated fun!


Mareli


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It's Monday! What are you reading? #8

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Greetings! It's winter holidays in South Africa and I've had the two most marvelous weeks with two of my bestest friends in all the world. Sorry for the absence from the blogosphere, but my presence was on the beach spending time with near and dear ones and feeding my soul. 

I did manage to get a bit of reading done and hope that I will be able to spend the next couple of days with my nose stuck in a book. The weather sure doesn't permit one to do much else. Bit cold here you know..... 


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Onse Vaders (Our Fathers): A couple of weeks ago, I've told you about the afrikaans novel Plaasmoord (Weeping Waters) by Karin Brynard. Excellent read for all South Africans and those who would like to know about farm attacks and violence in South Africa. Onse Vaders (Our Fathers) is even better. I might go so far as to say it's a must read. 

The Giving Tree: No, I haven't read it before. It's a short little story that stays with you for a long time. If not forever. And it should. 


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Leaving Time: (Kindle) This book has been my Book Club selection for the past two months I still haven't finished it! Started with it in all earnest on Saturday night and thankfully I'm sure I'll have it finished in a couple of days. Leaving Time is one of those visual books. The pictures are vivid in my mind and I love the different narrators. 

Sense and Sensibility:(Audio book) I don't do romance. But the magic of Jane Austen can't even escape a cynic like me. 

Cross my heart, hope to read

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As soon as I press publish now, I will pick up this one. I have to finish it this week! Next week will be Book Club and there is no way I will be able to sneak it back home. 

What made it on and off your reading shelf this past week?

Mareli

This post links up with It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by The Book Date.

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Library Card July 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017


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Greetings! No, there is no need to double check. Yes, it is July and not June and I did not fill in my library card for June. And yes, the world is still turning. *Wipe brow* I've actually managed to read quite a few books lately. Even without my faithful Library Card.

Recently Finished:

*Book covers link to my own sensible or senseless thoughts*

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Note: "Misverstand" is an Afrikaans title and my review is also in Afrikaans. Should you wish to read the book or find out more about it, it is available in English - You Lost Me


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Note: "Plaasmoord" is also Afrikaans. The book is available in English - Weeping Waters

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Note: Yes, "Dubbelspel is also Afrikaans. No, it is not available in English. So sorry.


Stacking the Shelves in May/June: 

Purchased (or even better - for free!)

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NetGalley

I didn't visit Netgalley this month. Not even once. Still don't know if I should be proud of myself or if that is actually a bad thing.

Book Club

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Note: Yes, all three of these are Afrikaans titles. No English translations. Yet. But the covers are nice.

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Note: Yes, "Onse Vaders" is Afrikaans. Once again. But yes! It is available in English: Our Fathers

Now that's enough books on display. Need to get reading here. Let's have look at my Library Card for July:

Paperback/Hardcover (all from my Book Club)

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Kindle

Seeing that I don't have any ARC's or urgent Netgalley books, I am going to take my Kindle as it comes this month. There are more than enough titles to browse from on the current library and it might be fun to just click on any one and start reading. But I do hope to read the following as my opinion, thoughts and feelings were requested for both. So I might as well give my weight in words.

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 What books did you finish recently? And what do you plan to read in July?

This post links up with Stacking the Shelves and It's Monday! What are you reading? Hosted by The Book Date. Remember to add your linkies and to visit the other participants! 


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Wishing you all a great week and reading month ahead.

Mareli 














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