This was my first Gillian Flynn novel but I was aware of Gone Girl. The narrator was good; however, there were times her apathetic sound/cadence (which suits the protagonist) wasn't appropriate for the action.
Predictable after spending some time with the book, but I was still surprised at how scummy the whole novel made me feel. Be prepared to visit dark places, per the title. The audiobook was entertaining...maybe traumatically engaging is a better phrase...but it is hard to call it 'good'. It is a distracting piece of fiction.
I almost felt like she *was* the protagonist.
I'm not certain. I don't think I want to slog through these dark places twice.
The story was interesting & insightful, but certainly not as complex & deviant as Gone Girl. Somebody should have researched the pronunciation of local place names and cattle breeds: Salina (sal-I-na), Kearny (Carny), and Hereford (her-ford). It was very distracting hearing them pronounced, saleena, key-ar-ny and hair-if-ford!
Yes... This book kept me hanging on every word and I needed to hear what was coming next.
Undoubtedly, my favorite character was Libby.
This book we very well thought out. It had the right amount of suspense and when one character would end it left me hanging to where I could not wait to get back around to that character so I can find out what happened. Definitely in my top ten.
I thought this book would last me a few weeks, instead it took me 3-4 days, simply impossible to put down
The plot is so craftily woven together that it leaves you with a satisfying understanding when everything falls into place - yet, it is impossible to figure out until the very end
But most importantly, the story is told in a very personal manner, from the point of view of each character. This is not just another mystery book, this is true literature
Libby and Patty Day were great! Ben Day just didn't work and I almost stopped listening many times because of this. It would have been 5 stars with a better Ben. He was just too traditional a narrator for that character.
You really have to be in a very strong mind set to stay happy while reading this book. I am a HUGE horror/thriller fan but this was hard to read. Very gory scenes. In the end I loved the book though! It's a great read.
It's up there pretty high
The characters thoughts and emotions were very real, even though they might make you cringe sometimes. Some of the thoughts/emotions were very ugly, but they were sometimes the same thoughts that you might have but never give voice to. Flynn did an excellent job of showing how the events shaped the characters in the present, without spelling it out. It very much mimicked real life, even in that it was sometimes very hard to listen to, it was so dark.
I really liked the cadence to the narrators. And there weren't ridiculous voices when each narrator had to switch voices for dialogue.
The main characters evolution from being certain in her belief about the events, to her doubt, to her wanting to believe otherwise, and then her actual change of mind was portrayed well.
The book's title is a warning, it truly is a DARK place, but it is also a very compelling listen and I had a hard time pausing to do other things.