Unique! Great story. Realistic. Strong characters.
Unusual story. Interesting family dynamics. Character very interesting.
Best female narrator! Slipped between voices unnoticed and with ease. Perfect for story!
(I usually avoid female readers. I never find their voices quite right)
Can't wait to read her other books and will also look for books read by this narrator.
I listened to this book years ago and the story has stuck with me over time. I think, because the story itself was interesting and the characters well written, I was able to really pay attention to the graphic descriptions of the emotions that went along with this medical disorder. The power of words drives us to read/listen and write, but for this individual, they were painful and permanent; each word meaning something deep that was left up to the reader to discern. Disturbing.
I'll start with what i liked. I feel that Flynn really did her homework regarding the "disease" explored in this novel. Also, she did a great job leading the reader, then suprising them. Kudos. I got a real sense of the protagonists grudging familiarity with the town and the people and a CLEAR understanding of why she didn't want to go back (so much so I think more time could have been spent convincing me that ANYTHING could inspire her to return!)...okay, I'm heading into the dislikes...
I understand that Flynn was striving to achieve a decidedly creepy and dysfunctial feel with her characters, BUT when EVERY character is ugly within and often without (okay, maybe not the young cop, but my point stands) the absurdity of that much ugliness and evil congregating in such a small place (I mean come on, even two of the poor mudered youngsters had at least one fairly demonic habit) the reader becomes overwhelmed and eventually desensitized to it all. This novel became a movie in my mind, directed by Stephen King, with "Black Hole Sun" figuring prominently in the soundtrack! I'm all for character development but too many charicatures make for a cesspool in which none of the characters are particularly jarring no matter what they do. I'd give Flynn another shot, I guess, but not a third. Perhaps non-Stephen King fans need not apply. We'll see.
I couldn't stop listening to this book, though I definitely called my mother at the end to thank her for not being insane. Wow. I called the ending very early on, but Gillian Flynn pulls you in so far that you really feel like you're in the story. Which is completely messed up. Awesome, creeptacular read.
I liked this book a great deal for the reason many did not like it. The characters are not your cookie cutter beautiful people. They are flawed and affected by their lives and those that have touched them. They aren't honorable. Some are very realistic people who could be in your own town. Flynn does a good job of developing characters and giving you very subtle hints through the story. Because of this the book may seem to plod at times. However, I learned to listen carefully and remember tiny traits of characters to try and figure out the ending. I gave this book four stars because I was sadly able to figure out the most of the book about an hour before the end. There are some surprising twists. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and a lot of my enjoyment came because the characters had significant faults, they were multi-dimensional.
Gillian Flynn has such a wonderful way of creating truly real characters. While this is her first book this is the second of hers I read and I wasn't disappointed in the least. I was so happy that again there were rich, real characters that I could relate to. And they're smart too; which I don't see a lot of. Gillian Flynn has a fan for life in me.
I kept listening because I thought surely it couldn't be so obvious. But I was disappointed. The only way I could get through it was thinking of it as a campy soap opera. I really liked her second book, though.
I REALLY liked this book - I liked the original storyline, the main character and the narrator. This author has a way of writing that holds nothing back. It's very interesting and again, much more original than your usual detective series books. I enjoyed it and her other book, Dark Places. I'll be looking for more of her books.
I really could not stop listening. This book kept me engaged the entire time. I was very surprised at the ending, but I really enjoyed the characters in that little southern town in Missouri...they are all pretty dysfunctional!