The basic premise of this book is interesting and well explored but the way the author chose to write the story is very constricting. First 2/3 are plodding with a few surprises thrown in and the last third of the book is riveting payoff.
I feel that this would have made for a better short story (using the chosen literary device) rather than a novel. My kingdom for a good editor!
I will never forget this book. Ever. I had no idea what I was getting into other than a story of a mother struggling to come to grips with her son becoming a murderer, but I was horrified, enthralled, totally sucked in even though it was psychologically painful and surprising and long. I struggled to turn it on after a difficult day, because it took something from me each time, but I could never stay away for long. I don't think this is the story of every high school shooter, but I do think it's a compelling story of one fictional boy who is disturbed beyond belief, with an exceptional writer to tell it thoroughly, engagingly. Plus, the reader was totally in character and pitch-perfect from start to finish. Toward the end, I was obsessed with finishing it—listened voraciously—like I would gulp down shots trying to finish the bottle regardless of the consequences, the hangover after. I feel the hangover of finishing this. And it was worth it.
I haven't read a book done this well in a while. From the plot, the descriptive language, the ending, I am amazed. After reading, I feel the way I felt as a kid watching Michael Jordan. I will never be able to duplicate the control demonstrated in this writing and while that makes me sad in some ways, I am euphoric that writing of this caliber is still around. Highly recommended!
I was immersed in the book from the beginning. while by the end the surprise ending was not so much a surprise, the writing was fantastic and kept me in suspense.
Yes. It was the rare book that sucks you in and won't let go.
Eva. Being a mother gave me the compassion this woman deserved.
I've never listened to her previously but she was very enjoyable. She did a great job.
Kevin of course!
My only complaint was the non-stop use of .25 cent words. It got obnoxious. The author tried way too hard to show the listener that he had a vast vocabulary. I would have given it five stars were it not for that. It started detracting from the story. For example, instead of "I had a feeling...." it was "I intuited...." and so on.
Yes, this book was the most captivating I have listened to on Audble. So many twists and turns that I was finding myself wanting to listen for just ten more minutes each time.
This book is definitely a thriller- I would compare it to House of Sand and Fog. You know the approximate ending but not how you get there.
The scene where Eva admits how she finally got Kevin to start using the toilet. I can feel her desperation and horror at her own behavior.
Yes and no, I always wanted to listen to a little more. But on the other hand, there are so many scenes and revelations that I had to digest that sometime I just took a little time to think about the book before moving on.
Ready for the next stage.
Yes. We all tend to blame ourselves when our kids aren't perfect. This books reminds us to forgive ourselves, trust our instincts and let go of control.
The small, sad surprise at the end.
The tone and timber of her voice matched the description of the character.
Wow! Incredible book! The story is unique, chilling, and emotional. There are twists that I couldn't predict until much later, and the characters are compelling. This was definitely a page-turner - probably the most compelling book I've read in 5 years. I couldn't put it down!
No-I would not listen to this again but based on the reviews I knew I had to read it. As a mother of a young son and daughter it scared me. This is very realistic and shows that in certain circumstances, and as we are all learning as parents, there sometimes is nothing you can do to prevent a disaster. Torn between a mothers love and a sons demons.
The mother-she has the worst time trying to appease all sides and had no control no matter how much she tried. Did she contribute to his behavior-or was he born that way.
the name is perfect-regardless if her husband would take her seriously or not.
I rented the movie as one other reviewer mentioned to do. It did help put closure to the book for me. The movie is probably one of the truest to book movies. I was way more emotional with the book-read it first. I agree with other reviewers that this is a book that is well written and should be read-it stays with you-i'm not sure I'll ever forget it. I can't say I loved the book-but worth reading.
What an incredible, horrible book. I couldn't stop listening to it. Lionel Shriver's writing is captivating and riveting. And Coleen Marlo's narration is wonderful. The book starts out a little slow but, enter Kevin, and hold on. Great book.