I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.
It was like I had to live through every grueling detail about a mug or a person or this terrible memory loss of the main character. I wanted to slam my head into the keyboard.
Majority of the book was spent fast forwarding to the end of the chapter. It concluded an hr before the end and even that explanation was anti climactic! BOOOO to the author for causing suicidal thoughts cuz an ice pick to my head would have been more satisfying than this s-l-o-w read.
I enjoyed this book, although I wouldn't describe it as one of the most suspenseful books I ever read (I found it on a book list of suspenseful reads). In any case, it was well done and held my interest from start to finish. The narrator is excellent. It's definitely worth a listen.
There is a lot of repetition and although I understand some is needed it became so tedious! And the ending was not very satisfactory.
I chose this book based on the positive reviews for the book, the positive reviews of the narrator, and the endorsement from Dennis Lehane. I absolutely hated this book and this narrator. It could be better if it had a more compelling premise, a more compelling plot and some character development. The plot line replays over and over for about 80 percent of the book. The main character wakes up each day with no memory and has to read her journal every day to remind herself what happened. And nothing happens to her, it's just memories of her past, her husband and her doctor, repeated again and again. The main character has no context to her life so that would be a bit difficult to flex out her character, so perhaps the supporting characters would give this book some substance. No, that did not happen. They are all one dimension, at best. All the same one dimension by the way.
My bad for choosing a book about mental illness, a tricky subject matter at best. The author failed. Sadly, I felt no empathy for this character, despite that the best efforts of the narrator to make sure I knew what dire circumstances this woman was in.
I know Ms. Cassidy can only be as good as the source material, but she failed to rise above it. She was breathy, melodramatic, and portrayed the character as a whiny paranoid instead of a woman in distress or confusion or scared. She was much better in scenes with dialogue.
You could easily cut out the middle 80 percent of the book and miss nothing. Read Chapters 1 and 2, then skip to the last chapter.
S.J. Watson is not a bad writer, but this book was poorly crafted with a repetitive, implausible plot and one dimensional characters. It was like visiting with that one friend we all have who tells you the same story over and over and over. Not worth it.
A Nightmare Inducer
I love books like Gone Girl, the Girl on the Train, You, and The Life We Bury. What makes this book really unique, in my opinion, is that there were thrills along the way but a huge build up at the end.
I loved the narrator and the way she managed to draw me in as a listener. The story was very interesting, though I have already seen the movie beforehand. So, there were no surprises, but i still very much enjoyed the book.
The voices gave the people in the story more character, Cassidy managed to elevate the story with her voice and kept me interested all the way until the end.
I didn't feel the need to listen to the book all in one setting, but it certainly kept me coming back daily to listen to more.
This was an interesting story that began well and had a nice quick pace, then really drug along quite a bit in the middle. I found myself tuning out a lot in that area, and discovering I missed very little when I did. The narrator was good, but several phrases she used repeatedly got right down into my nerves! The worst of these annoying phrases was the way she spoke"I love you." and how she portrayed Clare and used the same grating tone when Clare would say "Chrissy." The way the narrator spoke these lines, over and over in the same tone, the same feel, the exact same way, didn't show a lot of depth to me, and really drove me nuts. However, overall, she did a good job with a storyline that was just ok. I didn't dislike this book, but it definitely isn't one I will remember in the long run, and it really is simply a dark 50 First Dates.