This book was vicious and smooth - and left me unclear as to who was the bad guy until Flynn decided it was time to change gears. A very well put together psych thriller with plenty to keep me listening long past pulling into the driveway. My only criticism is that it felt a little like Flynn got tired of writing the book a little abruptly and tried to wrap it all up more swiftly that I wanted her to. I would say more about that but I don't want to spoil the plot twists for anyone
I avoided this book for a while because a co-worker said it was "just 'OK'. In fact, it is a very good book and kept my interest throughout and the narrator makes it work. Yes, the characters are not that likeable but the plot and the characters' over-the-top obsessions are entertaining and the twists and turns make for an interesting plot. If you are married or in a relationship, the book hits home because our partner changes or we change and it becomes an ever-evolving situation. I love my husband every other day and he steps in on my days off - hopefully this still works and he hasn't decided to take me out.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
If your looking for a book to shock you, warp you and be glad you are a normal human being, this is the book. I couldn't stop listening. It's like a a wreck that you have to gawk at!
It's the kind of book that makes you look closer at people around you and wonder what lies beneath the surface. It makes you feel sorry for the holes married people dig themselves into.
Totally suspenseful and full of surprise. Wicked, warped and dark! I listened to it in two days.
Erotic and romantic, it's not.
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I liked this book almost from the start -once it got moving. A tale of a woman who disappears and her husband is prime suspect in her murder / disappearance.
The is story told from the prescriptive of the husband (Nick) as he is being investigated after the incident, and the wife (Amy) through her diary entries before the incident. Clever.
We are never really sure of Nick’s guilt or innocence and that kept me hooked. Did he do it? Did his dad? His sister? Compelling! We slowly discover that he had a mistress – incriminating!! Then we find out Amy was pregnant, and Nick did not want the baby – even more incriminating!! The cops don’t believe a word he says, there’s a lot of damning evidence against him that he can’t (or won’t) explain… he really must have done it!
Then, the ultimate plot twist. Amy had orchestrated the entire thing! She was not kidnapped and murdered; she’s actually a crazy psycho-bitch who hates her husband so much that she plotted to frame him for her murder! Wow, I did NOT see that coming. She planned and schemed for YEARS! Writing a fake diary and planting incriminating seeds all over the place so that when she vanished, all signs would point to Nick.
What an exciting twist! At that point, the book became a can’t-put-it-down-page-turner to me. How on EARTH would he get out of this mess? Would the very much alive Amy resurface? How was it going to end? I was riveted!!
The ending was a like a lead balloon. Amy who had resurfaced and is now back at home with Nick (you have to read the book for all those details) was never really pregnant the first time; that was all a part of her trap. In order to keep Nick by her side now, she got pregnant for real this time and therefore Nick decided to stop trying to prove she set him up so that he could be with his kid. Turns out they are both dysfunctional people and are addicted to each other. The end.
WHAT! GRRRR. SO SO SO SO unsatisfying. I was teetering on the brink of giving the book 5 stars because the story really had me at the edge of my seat but the immensely unsatisfying ending forces me to downgrade to 3.
and I love her already!!! this book was awesome!!! Well crafted!! If you don't enjoy a read that gives you two perpectives and switches between past and present, this book is not for you!
Yes, I would. I was not sure whether I liked this book or not. I did not care for the ending as most people did not. I was way ahead of the curve about Amy from what I read in many reviews, most people were stunned when they hit Part 2, I wasn't I had seen it coming. I did like the many twists and turns, but it is hard when you have two unlikeable characters as your main characters.
Disliked it, but also saw it coming as there were hints about it. Perhaps because I was a fan of Lost who often dropped what looked like inconsequential bits of information that turned out to be major pieces in the final puzzle, I saw a lot of what happened coming.
Yes, I liked both narrators and felt they did a great job.
No. I would wait for the video.
I like edgy, offbeat books. All of my audiobooks are mysteries because I listen in the car. I prefer to read more literary works.
The people were hollow, not worth knowing. I truly did not care what happened to them and was very bored at the beginning, but since the book has been on the best seller list for so long I thought it must be good. I kept thinking it would get better, and it did in terms of the reader wanting to find out what happened, but when I got to the end I was completely tired of these people and felt very unsatisfied.
I will go back to the mystery/thriller genre. Somehow I thought this would be a mystery. I had just completed Creole Belle and loved it so much that I probably expected too much from this book.
I can't say I had a favorite at all. I did enjoy the part in which the female main character is on the road and finding a place to stay.
I guess I would not cut any scenes because the book seems to have so many admirers as it is.
I definitely like the dark side of books and films. Noir is a favorite of mine, so the darkness of this book does not bother me. Simply put, the characters lack empathy and seem to have no redeeming qualities.
The first third of the book was very engrossing. I don't think I liked any of the characters by the end of the book.
The book was unpredictable throughout and kept my interest but the ending was so incredibly unsatisfying and depressing.
After having to read about bad people in a disasterous marriage, I switched to witches and vampires to clear my brain.
All the scenes from her time in the cabin.
This isn't the genre I would normally choose. It was a mystery all the way through. Although well written...I was relieved to have finished the book. Definitely not warm and fuzzy.