I usually listen to audio books while running or driving to/from work. I couldn't listen to this story while I was running because it was a little slow to start for me. Most books I'm hooked by chapter 2, but this story took me a little longer. Halfway through I couldn't stop listening. It ended up being my workout book and couldn't stop running entire last chapter because I was so intrigued! You end up figuring out what probably happened but they throw a twist or two in there at the end to keep you on your toes until the very end!
Seems slow to start, however picked up in the second third of the story and then got very interesting. The narrator was very good.
All of the author is quite good now you can tell she was still fashioning her craft. There are flashes of brilliance but most of the story is overdrawn and over dark
Graphic murder details detracted from mystery but overall I couldn't put the book down !
Loved, loved, loved! I got this book to entertain me on my way home from work every night. The only problem was that I didn't want to turn it off. So I ended up listening during lunch, doing chores, everything but driving home after work. Now I have to find a new book
For some reason, I seem to thoroughly enjoy depraved protagonists. When written well, you both loathe and love them. Libby Day is one of those. She is shameless, but deservedly so. She can also be easy to like, because it would seem a certain amount of her situation is not her fault, and you root for her to become a better person.
Ben Day. As a character detached from his reality in the most crucial moments, the narration was spot on.
It took me a little while to really get into this one, but once I did, I wanted to keep listening. The different facets of the story needed to be established to let them work together, so it is understandable. But it meant that, in the beginning, it was easy to put the headphones down at the end of a character's narration.
The one thing I could. not. stand. about this narration was the voice of Lyle. It was grating, to say the least.
By day, I study early 20th century literature. By night, I enjoy good contemporary fiction and thrilling suspense/detective novels.
The narrator made this a really gripping story, great pacing and delivery. I felt like I was right there in the action, following the mystery. An immersive world.
How to choose a favorite when they are all so terrible and pitiful and flawed? There are no favorites in this story. Though Diane is pretty amazing in the scene with the cop.
Everyone gave a great performance, strong voices with personality.
It made me feel anxious in a good way. It also made me annoyed when anyone tried to interrupt my listening! I was walking all over town just to have an excuse.
The ending!!! Such an amazing twist ending. It made me LOVE this book. Anything Gillian Flynn does is amazing, and this book is no exception. Libby Day is an amazing character. The book is very suspenseful and has a lot of elements, but everything gets resolved at the end. PAY ATTENTION you don't want to miss any details of this book! Even if it doesn't seem important- it is! If you love murder mysteries, listen to this book!!!
I would have to compare it to other Gillian Flynn novels like Sharp Objects, just because of the crazy twist ending. It is nothing you could have EVER guessed. It will leave you with your jaw dropped!!