YES. Right away I was hooked. The storyline was taught, dark, and gripping. The characters were frightening believable, and although the book shifted from the present to the past, it was written well enough so that you always knew exactly where you were, and never lost your place in time. This is my first Gillian Flynn novel, and I loved it. There are few authors capable of this type of mastery over the telling of their tale. I kept my headphones on well into the night, unwilling to remove them even as I changed into my pajamas! I stayed awake under the covers in the dark, dying to know what's going to happen next, and didn't pause the story until the middle of the night. First thing in the morning, I threw the headphones right back on and didn't take them off until it was done.
This is such an incredible work, it's difficult to compare it to anything else. But a few stories do come to mind, because of the' poor family living in the country who suffer some extreme and frightening tragedy' theme. Those would be:
Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek
Back Roads, by Tawni O'Dell
The Red Tree, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 30 years. I love reading - romance, adventure... Captain Blood is really great!
Most definitely . It was the kind of book you just get drug into and have to know how it all comes together
Seriously kept me hanging on .... You'll catch yourself thinking about this book even after you have read it
I have heard some of her other works and she does a great job
The characters come across as real people - people you could know. It is a great book
Im not sure I enjoyed it, The story held my interest but it would be difficult to enjoy the story.
Most: The character of Libby Day and the retrospective look at the crime we know already occured
Least: I think the story could have been more suspensul with alluding to the ritualistic killings of animals instead actually having the bull scene in the book.
Not sure who's who but they were all good.
I did not have an extreme reaction, Which I usually do if I love a book. I felt sort of depressed, not upset that I listened but just felt like " that's it, ok"
This book was well written with character development but I think that the peices fit together just a bit too well to form the crime on the specific day.
It is always difficult when you start of knowing what the end result is.
I kind of felt like somthing was missing at the end but I do not think it was a waste of tiem or a credit. It was interesting even though ultimately a sad story.
I loved Gone Girl and think Gillian Flynn is a great author.
After my head stopped reeling from the whip-lash smartness and disturbance of Gone Girl, I had to have some more Gillian Flynn. While this novel didn't leave me gawping like GG, it was still a fascinating listen. Be prepared for a bleak landscape and somewhat unlikeable characters; yet, despite the sadness, it was still an extremely great listen that kept me interested to keep cleaning and doing laundry well past bed-time.
Narrators were fine!
***SPOILER ALERT ABOUT END OF BOOK. STOP HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T LISTENED** And I write this for folks who like to read reviews post-listen (like me). I've read others complain about the ending being too far-fetched or ridiculous, but totally disagree. Weird things and coincidences happen every day, and the truth behind the murders did not make the story seem less credible. I always think about the guy who hit the lottery the day he died of a heart attack. His family didn't find the ticket until a couple of months later. It's just life.
I had high hopes for this book, because I loved Gone Girl so much. It was disappointing. Maybe if I had read Dark Places before Gone Girl, I would have appreciated the story more. The author improved between writing this work and her subsequent novels.
The narators did a wonderful job. I would listen to their works again.
I loved, loved, LOVED this book! Just a little dark to keep it interesting and plenty of twists to keep me wanting more! LOVED IT!
Greater Seattle area real estate broker that loves to read...or listen.
Yes, but her style is a little off beat, always referring to her character in the 3rd person, or like she has written a journal from all characters' perspective.
Patty Day and Libby Day - not necessarily in that order.
The story was somewhat interesting but the performances were tedious. Definitely the most boring readers that I have listened to since I became an audible member.
I haven' t read the print version, but I have no intention to because the audio edition was outstanding.
Libby was my favorite because you just want her to pullit together so badly. Deandre is a character you love to hate. She is awful but I LOVED every second she was in the story.
I listened to "Rules of Civility" narrated by Rebecca Lowman. The reason I even considered this book was becasue of her narration. She is one of the few narrators that you can enjoy instantly. She was great in that book and great in this one too.
Yes! Defintely! I hated having to get out of the car for work. It made me really look forward to my drives though!
The story is really dark, but the plot was so exciting that I couldnt' stop listening. There were so many twists and turns that I was guessing the whole time.
I will listen to this story over and over.
The book unfolds revealing constant dark shocks. You never really know whats going to surface. I had an inkling here and there as it all played out. It was shocking to think the ideas I though had to be to outlandish played out.
I will continue to recommend this book to just about everyone.