"Yep you should download this."
This is a truly gripping read (listen). Gillian definitely gets you thinking about, not only the part the media plays in peoples lives but the part you play, even if it is just in your head.
This tale gets thinking about relationships, friendships, family and the media. But most of all is that you really do not know what goes on behind close doors. So if you want a tale of 2 halves, exciting and nail biting then this is the book for you. I have kept away from the story as it is the type of book that you do not want to reveal anything just in case you give anything away.
"Not a Thriller"
If am confused with the positive ratings that some have given this novel. I spend a lot of time driving long distances and find listening to thrillers an ideal way to relax when stuck in traffic.
Some of the thrillers I have recently listened to such the Forgotten by David Baldacci have caused me to remain in the car once I have arrived at my destination as they were absolutely riveting.
It is crucial that the book I am listening to is exciting, not dull and tedious or the journey feels like it is taking longer than it actually is.
I listened to over half this book before, I made the decision to sack it, it just wasn't getting interesting. This is the first time I have not finished an audio book or bothered to write a review.
Take my advice and try another book.
"A fabulously hateful book"
It will anger you frustrate you and as soon as you know where it is going you will be wrong. I loved it while I cringed at the characters. How can people be that hideous and shallow?
The plot is just epic and I urge you not to find out to much in advance.
It is a book that will challenge your faith in people.
"Great Book, very poor ending"
I loved this book, couldn't wait to hear the next twist and turn, of which there were many, and was listening whenever I could, was a superb book, until the ending, when it seems like the writer had run out of ideas, and finished the book with a very poor conclusion which left me feeling that I had wasted a lot of time listening to the book. Enjoyed both narrators.
"Slow slow slow"
I don't really care what happens to either of them I am so bored maybe its the narration or maybe the story is just unexciting but I love audiobooks and seldom leave one unfinished but this one is
I got this book as highly recommended everywhere The voices for the audiobook were really annoying and did not add anything to the story Basically I felt as if I should read it to the end as I expected to suddenly love it as everyone else seems to do I gave up halfway before Christmas and had to drag myself back to it last week and finished it today
I won't say too much as don't want to spoil the plot but basically all the characters especially Nick and Amy are not interesting and to be honest I have wished that Nick could have been spirited away with Amy at the beginning to save us the annoyance of reading They are both toxic and really felt no empathy or understanding with either of them and felt they deserved each other They may be a product of their family life and upbringing but who cares 'Go' Nicks sister is totally spineless and again no empathy with her The plot was so unbelievable in parts especially re planting finger print evidence sperm storage and use etc Does not ring true and as such no value I wish I hadn't wasted my time reading on to the end Would give it zero star if I could I really cannot imagine why it is so popular!
"Good intro and build up, but the end...is a wimper"
Its worth a listen - on double speed, but there are many better books and stories.The performance was good and fitted the characters. Its a shame I disliked the characters so much I'd have preferred them to all have died.
At times the characters appeared to act out of character. Their actions actions did not feel right for reasonably intelligent thinking people.
To a great extent they helped believe the character might have done what they did.
If they all die in a follow up that might be appropriate for such awful people.However, there would not be much suspense in that.
I stuck it out to the end as I wanted to compare it to the film. And because I always do for an audiobook I have bought. Probably should have done so on double speed......
"Love the language and the ending"
I was continually surprised by the Gone Girl it was not at all what I had expected.
It is wicked, contemporary and real. OK amazing Amy is far from a typical wife but her and husband point out some of the uncomfortable truths about modern relationships. I particularly enjoyed Amy's vitriolic essay on "cool girls" at the start of part 2.
It is a thrilling, thriller but that's not the point the book is really about relationships.
The language in every sense is dazzling and often shocking.
As to the ending it is perfect, chilling and both inevitable and not what you expect.
It's not a comfortable read but if you don't like cliches you may well enjoy this scintillating, engrossing book.
"What an awful book"
Read this on a personal recommendation. I was intrigued and in that respect it is a page turner. I thought it was overly long and I got irritated by the "oh so clever" descriptions.The characters were nearly all uninspiring and unlikeable.
I was glad I was able to speed up the narration speed, for even though it was well read, I was finding it very tedious.
I kept hoping for some redeeming quality but it never came.
"Secrets and Lies...and then more lies..."
Being a firmly indoctrinated member of the Hollywood generation, I'm comfortably used to my crime/thrillers having very definite good/bad guys, and for them to behave in a certain way, with minor twists and variations...
That's why I was gripped to this book once I got about a third into it, as all of my beliefs were pretty shattered, then the rest of the time I sat back in relative disbelief, wondering who would be next to show their true hand.
Whilst having a few flaws (notably certain rather quickly executed turns of events towards the end of the book and arguably, the not-entirely-satisfying ending), this book kept me happily entertained and occasionally gobsmacked for a good couple of days - although I'll admit that I spent a few bleary-eyed mornings at work, after staying up into the early hours listening out for what would happen next...