Back of the book :
Julia, its me. I need you to call me back. Please Julia. Its Important …
In the last days before her death, Nel Abbott 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 had 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 of the place they call the Drowning Pool …
What I think :
Jules’ Sister Nel calls her a lot, Jules never answers the phone or calls her back though. The sisters don’t talk any more, ever since Jules left their home town. And now there has been another call, a call to tell Jules that her sister has died, she jumped into the pool near their house old family home and drowned. The Drowning Pool has a bit of a history, over the years and quite recently women have gone there to drown.
Jules knows though that Nel can’t have jumped in, she loved the water, swam there almost every day. She would have never have killed herself. or would she … ?
So now Jules has got to go back to the town she has run from, to care for the fourteen year old niece she doesn’t really know. Back to the place where her most worst memories are, to solve the mystery of her sisters death ….
This is the next novel from the author from the massive hit “The Girl on The Train”
The start of the book found slightly confusing, there are many characters introduced and I had to really concentrate to work out who was who. It does take quite a while to work out where they all fit into the story. There is a chapter for each character.
I also found the story quite slow to get going, there is quite a bit going on so you really have to pay attention to whats happening.
Whilst the characters, as you would expect were expertly written, I really had a lot of trouble warming to them. Jules and her sister Nel, have, I felt, have always had a difficult relationship and this was just skimmed over. I thought the niece, Nena was quite awful !! Such a wilful teenager that thinks she know everything.
However, please don’t think that I didn’t enjoy the book as I did. There are some brilliant twists and turns in this book. Its a wonderfully dark, suspenseful novel and in some places quite claustrophobic, that keeps you guessing right up until the end.
If asked if this book was as good as “The Girl on The Train” I would reply that its an excellent read and completely different from TGOAT and I think that the author had another hit on her hands.
I give this one 9/10 ( 5 stars)
Published by Double Day (Transworld ) on 02/05/17.
A huge thank you to Alison Barrow at Transworld for the review copy of the book.