Parts are overwritten and the subtleties are not that subtle. The author lost interest in the story before I did. I found myself checking the reviews several times on Audible and Amazon--maybe I need to read more of the low reviews next time. Lots of twists and turns and some parts well executed. Everyone has a character flaw. Sociopath,psychopath,narcissist,borderline personality are just a few of the elements. Excellent narration. As far as the ending--let the madness continue.
When I first started listening, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it, but my goodness an I glad I did!
exciting plot, but did not follow through with an appropriate ending
life does not happen like this
yes, this is a movie, because it would never happen in a real life story
This is one of those books that causes one to ponder for a while when the reading is completed. It's hard to write a review fairly without completely spoiling it for those who haven't read it yet. I'm sort of at a loss how to explain my feelings about it.
What I can say is that it is very well written. It is a tightly crafted mystery story with characters who are deeply flawed, both sympathetic and loathsome at times. Mostly loathsome.
A friend said she hated the ending and I can totally understand why. I'm rather torn about it, too. But I can also understand why people love it, although love may be too strong a term. Maybe appreciate it is better. I think that's where I am - I appreciate why it ended that way. I don't necessarily like it, but it works.
My initial thought was that I hated the book, but with further thought I realized it wasn't the story I hated. I hated the people. But I think we're meant to. They are not likable characters. Not at all.
So do I recommend it? Yes, because it is a very well written story. The only warning I give is for the adult language. It is rather crude and graphic throughout, which I didn't like.
As to the two narrators, both are very good. I think that Julia Whelan was exceptional, but Kirby Heyborne was very good as well.
Love mysteries with a lot of twist and turns. Page turners. Love books that invite me in to stay awhile and make me sad when it ends. It can be the voice that brings the story to life or the story that breaths life into the voice. I am happy either way!!
Making the characters more likable so you will care about what happens to them. The more they spoke, the more I disliked them.
Too much whining.
I would recommend this to some friends. I thought the plot was good and had a lot of potential, but that the ending was terrible. Flynn works up to a great ending and then cuts it short. She takes a common occurrence and tries to stretch it and twist it into a plot which she seems to be unable to follow through with.
Maybe, it would depend on the story line, she has the potential for a knockout story.
I really enjoyed Whelan and Heyborne's performance. They both added so much personalty to the characters. They were wonderful.
It did inspire a conversation with my partner on how well we know one another, which was fun.
I expected this book to be much better from the ratings and the ranking it had on the best seller list. I was disappointed with the story's ending, but it did keep me listening.
Having two separate narrators was an added bonus that really added to the overall production value... but I wouldn't necessarily say it made it better than the print version.
I really enjoyed this book - right up until the ending. I loved the plot twists! I loved the way I had to change how I felt about certain charecters as more was revealed! I loved the mystery and how events unfolded. I hated the ending.
Or did I?
I keep thinking about it. I even had to enlist a friend to read it after I had finished - just because I wanted to hear her opinion (which was that this book is a modern Greek tragedy).
The book didn't end exactly how I wanted it to; but it has left an indelible impression on me.
I don't usually listen/read "mysteries." This one grabbed my attention for most of the time.
I was going to recommend it,but was frankly so disappointed with the ending that I don't think I would.
Fantastic narration. The two narrators alternate by chapter due to the structure of the story telling. Yet each is able to create a variety of voices within each chapter...really well done.
No...I had to take a break because the plot was so deceptive.
Ending felt like a cheap set-up for a second novel. It was really gripping up to the end for me. couldn't believe anyone could come up with some of the plot.
I was engrossed in this book. The clever way it went back and forth between the main characters and different times in their lives and how they each saw things was a great device. But, in the end the story was so unbelievable and the ending so stupid that was horribly disappointed. I wished I could get the hours of my life that I spent listening to the book back.
Great read! It's like reading in quicksand. Everything you think you know about these people is wrong. And after you've discovered some of the deceit, there's more!