This was an amazingly good book, with a totally twisted story. It was darkly entertaining and I just couldnt stop listening. I found myself walking longer and further just so that I could continue listening. The end was a tiny bit of a letdown, but overall I would definately reccomend this book.
I've listened to all of Gillian Flynn's books, and this one is unfortunately one of the weaker offerings.
The premise of the book is interesting and enough to keep you going through the early chapters -- a husband whose wife has disappeared goes through all of the motions that we know from watching similar cases: the local news interview, the "search" for the missing wife with volunteers from the community, running from the press who hound him with questions.
The problem is that the remainder of the book just becomes so increasingly far-fetched that you lose sight of any realism or surprise in the plot -- all of it is just so incredible and unbelievable that it stops being shocking. Sure, the characters are interesting, in that they have an agenda and are plotting moves that are not apparent in the early parts of the book. But all of it seems so fake and staged that I actually felt a bit cheated at the end when the author revealed all of the hidden details in the last third of the book. You mean, that's it?! That's what I was waiting for all of this time?
Still, it's not a bad book, and the performances are pitch perfect readers, so I can't say that it is not worth the time. If you don't know what to do with one extra credit in your account and you like Ms. Flynn's work anyway, then buy this. Otherwise, there's probably other, better books for your time.
Without trying to give too much away--it's accurately modern, tricks you repeatedly, you don't know who to trust. The narrators are very good, although both of them came across as a little silly to me when they did voices of the opposite sex.
If I tell you, it will ruin the story.
Accents and nuanced character voices. Excellent performance.
At first, no, it took me a few hours to really get into it, and then I wanted to do nothing but listen to this book, but saved it for when I was working.
I don't even really like fiction that much, or so I thought. This book is awesome.
So I picked up this book, after it was mentioned on a few TV shows. This was my first books by Gillian Flynn.
I was not impressed with the first part of the book, it dragged a bit. The book is written from two different perspectives - the wife, who suddenly disappears and the reader is introduced to her story through her diary, and her husband who is suspected in her disappearance. I did not like either character. I was about to forget struggling through this book and the came book 2 and everything changed. A twist in the story I did not anticipate. There will be no spoilers in this review.
This was an interesting study of the psychopathy and the relationships they form. I raced through the rest of the book and found it interesting but disappointing. It did seem like the author just run out of ideas. Part three of the book was rushed, the ending unsatisfying.
I am not sure that I would pick up another book by this author.
No. I disliked the narrators. In the beginning of the book I had hard time telling the two narrators apart.
The narrators were excellent. They paced it right, and really brought the characters to life.
This is a twisted story, and I just kept waiting for the next twist.
Well worth your time.
The premise was excellent and the story maintained interest throughout until the ending, where it never satisfactorily ended. Perhaps that was the intent, the story would just continue indefinitely, but that is not a welcome solution for this reader.
The constant switching from the character in control to the character doing the controlling.
See Part II for the conclusion....
I loved the intrigue of the whole thing until the ending....which didn't...
I like evil characters, but Nick and Amy were both very pathetic human beings. I had absolutely no sympathy or empathy for either of them. So, while I enjoyed the story, especially the twists and turns that happened toward the middle of the book, I cannot say that I would recommend this book to anyone, as I never really connected to it. While many have praised this book as Flynn's best work, I would highly disagree.
Beyond hating the two main characters, I really disliked the gratuitous cursing. It distracted from the story and, even though I can swear with the best of them, I found myself cringing anytime Nick started to imitate his father.
No. While the story was well crafted, I was not engage by the characters.
No. Unlikeable characters.
They both did a fine job.
The secondary characters were sterotypical. I did not find anyone to root for, but perhaps that is what the author intended.
Yes! Absolutely. It was mentally stimulating. Well planned out. Extremely well developed characters. Every paragraph was so real and exactly how I would imagine it done or said in real life.