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.