No. The author is very good writer who never fails to impress me with her deft choice of words and her characters' keen observations. Still, the ending of this one requires the reader to suspend disbelief and accept that two independent crimes occur in one place at the same time. I didn't think any of the characters was likable, making it hard to plow through to the end (but I did it).
Add at least one sympathetic character and eliminate some of the plot points that defy credibility.
The female narrator is excellent. The male narrator tended to be wooden in his delivery.
I had high hopes for this one after reading Gone Girl, but Ms. Flynn really didn't plumb the depths of her characters' psyches in this book as she did in Gone Girl.
I didn't want this one to end. The story kept me waiting forth next sentence. I thought I figured it out a couple of times but Wow, I didn't expect the end. It isn't for the faint of heart there are some gruesome parts so if you don't care for that don't. complain about it . You've been warned! I love a long novel and hope that Gillian can keep them coming.
If you liked Dark Places you will enjoy this one just as much. Highly recommend this .one. The reading was very compatible for the story. She did a wonderful job.
I admit that I read this book on the premise it was by the same author that wrote Gone Girl upon returning for the movies.
Like Gone girl it uses multiple perspectives and time lapses, which are really effective at getting you hooked onto the narrative. It drives you to figure out what happened on that day in 1985.
It is not a book if you want heroic characters. Each character is dysfunctional in some way or another. My favorite was Libby a character who is a kleptomaniac with the fear of confronting her past that compels her to be a shut it. Some of the characters internal monologues can be depressing so prepare for that.
Also the characters choices often made me want to pull my hair out - just asking WHY? But for me that simply added to the drama.
The book also deals with complex and confronting issues like pedophilia. Its not a book to make moral statements but rather one that addresses the blurred lines in many cases.
I would have given the story a five, if not for the ending. Don't get me wrong it was a good ending, but part of me was left unsatisfied. Maybe I just wanted a grander conspiracy.
I found the ending of gone girl so compelling (with the wife and husband still together) that this one didn't live up to it.
I haven't read the print version but for an excerpt. I felt that listening to it was similar to watching a scary movie. It made it more entertaining for me.
I liked the build-up to the dramatic events that set the entire story in motion. By the time I reached it I almost felt sick to my stomach, wanting to find out what really happen but at the same time afraid to listen to it.
I really liked Rebecca Lowman. Cassandra Campbell had a very soft voice that bothered me. I'm sure there are people that prefer that but I didn't. Mark Deakins was an odd choice as he was mostly narrating a teenage boy and his voice is aged and deep. He didn't really change his voices for any of the characters and I found that I didn't enjoy the "Ben" chapters as much as the rest of the book because of the narration. He seemed to be just reading quickly instead of acting out the emotion behind the words, and as a result I had to rewind a few times because it was harder for me to listen attentively during those chapters. It seemed to just drone on at time. I don't want to be too harsh but his narration wasn't for me.
I'm not sure, but I heard that they are making a movie and Charlize Theron is playing the lead, which is so weird considering the main character is a short redhead! lol
I really enjoyed this book due to the changing timeline; modern day switching over to the day, years before, when the murders occurred, told from both Ben and his mom's point of views. It was interesting to hear certain things told from Ben's POV and then his mom hearing about it secondhand later and I'm thinking, "that's not what really happened!"
The story itself was cleverly crafted and detailed; I've grown to love Gillian Flynn's way of writing and storytelling. The ending is certainly not what you would think. I listened to it and thought well, I did not see that coming! I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for something suspenseful. It was a great nail-biter and while I was so looking forward to reaching the end of it, so I could find out whodunit, I was disappointed when it was actually over.
no. I enjoyed the back and forth between characters. Prevents the reader from losing interest.
Top 5%. I've recommended the audio as well as print version to several friends
It's dark and intense. You think you know where your being led, then BAM! You are somewhere else, down a path you didn't even see.
Can't pick just one.
Well-written, haunting, fascinating.
The ending, when all the pieces of the story fall together.
Ben Day was, for me, the most interesting character - mostly because I was trying to figure out if he did indeed kill his family and what were his motives. He clearly knew something and he was in the house when it happened, so I was constantly wondering what had really happened to him
No. Too much information and characters to follow so it would be difficult to disgest in one sitting.
A good book that affected me emotionally days after I had completed reading it.
Shock and Awe
Yes, just as I thought I'd figured it out there was another twist. And the twists weren't cheesy they were spot on & made you say 'OMG!"
Ben. I know most will say Libby, but for me it was Ben. Libby was very negative & morose, Ben gave the story a bit more life & realness.
SPOILER ALERT: When Ben realized he'd punished himself enough & decided to let the person he was protecting pay the price as well.
I like that the book was the right length & didn't drone on & on about impertinent things that added nothing to the story. How refreshing it was to just get the story & not fluff.
My first one was Gone Girl. Do not expect the same impact.
I don't know.
What is the saying "you need a license to own a dog but anyone can have children". You know this is fiction but you also know there are people like this out there. Makes me wonder about the mind of the author. You definitely won't figure it out but you think you will have done so several times. I wish I liked rom/coms or something.
The writing is great, the narration spot on. Just have a happy place to go after you read it