This review contains spoilers. This book was a three star listen for me - not because it's average, but because it contains hints of brilliance surrounded by boring, and also seems to include some pretty bald-faced plot devices. The first half of this book was quite slow at times, and hard to get through. It seems to lay the groundwork for the major plot twist early on, then spent a lot of time trying to distract the reader before the twist. Amy's character is particularly unlikeable, ultimately, of course, but was also really inconsistent in a few places. For example, Amy is incredibly controlling and wary. She can see intended harm in the most innocent actions of friends and takes immediate steps to protect herself and punish the "offender." But she's somehow also lax enough to be robbed by strangers she has willingly spent significant time with, taken essentially no measures to protect herself from, and, most out of character, made no effort to control or manipulate. The robbery just feels like a clumsy plot device to make the reader feel a tiny bit better - something bad finally happens to evil Amy - and to move Amy toward going home.
All in all, a decent story I enjoyed very much at times, but not one I'd bother with again - it's too much of a downer, and not quite clever enough to make up for that.
Fun and twisted!
I really liked all of them!
Fun and twisted!
I was surprised! Doesn't happen a lot but this book got me!
Mom, Photographer, Designer
Amazing narration/acting. Oh yeah. If you can listen to it, by all means do. I'm really glad I had the opportunity.
Hmmm... tough question. I haven't encountered a book exactly like this one. She is a talented, comical, dark author. She's witty and smart. Such an enjoyable experience.
Oh that's a tough one. They were both incredibly good.
Yes, and if time permitted, I would have. I finished it in a week, at staggered times.
I highly recommend this novel. I especially enjoyed the audio version.
Couldn't stop listening! Recommend to anyone who likes a good, not-too-gory, thriller/mystery.
Narration added to depth and emotion and development of characters.
Absolutely! I have probably convinced 12 people to read this book after I finished it.
The whole story is a wild ride.
I love hearing Nick and then Amy's point of view. Great way to present the book.
Every time I thought I had it figured out . . . I was surprised again. I love that.
How about a sequel???
Great book, great audio, was really surprised at how much I loved it. Finished it in less then a week.
Now I'm on to Sharp Objects. Highly Recommend!
In the top 3
The twist and turns and how it lead you believing one thing and then did reveal pieces as time went on, very well done
Loved the male and female narration it made it easy to follow, almost like it was really them
Great Performance. The story is fantastic.
I liked everything about this story.
Maybe someone younger than me.
She could have followed through and given us an ending that was more satisfying.
I had no problem with the performance. The characters devolved into very unlikeable people.
Disappointment at the vulgarity in the second half of the book. The introduction had lead me down an entirely different path.
I found it hard to complete this book but kept at it until the very disappointing end.
Primary characters are likable at first and show cause for sympathy toward them both. There are intricate twists in the story and addition of characters who enhance the story line, but these new characters are not described in enough detail. The story gets boring toward the last few chapters and the end was awful!
The change of each character personalities.
Their incredible voices make you both love then hate the main characters.
I will read anything new that Gillian Flynn writes. I enjoyed this book but liked "Dark Places" much better.