I am not bothered that the story in this book is sick. What bothered me was the tediousness of it all. About half way through I found myself wanting a terrorist to appear and blow up the entire town. It was difficult to like any of the characters and I would have loved a War of the Roses ending for Nick and Amy. But I stuck with it just to see how it ended and was met with disappointment. Glad to put this one behind me.
I have not but both were excellent narrators. They made the story bearable.
The book starts out incredibly slow and uneventful, but picks up steam until you're constantly wondering whodunnit. Both of the main characters are twisted in their own way and I wish she would have capitalized on that to make a better ending. She seems to just leave the story hanging without its last chapter.
Great narration, overall good production.
But wait, there's more....
The other reviews are right. This is the most twisted story of a marriage and relationship I have ever read. "a marriage gone toxically wrong", is an understatement. If you think the plot is seeming predictable, keep listening, you're probably wrong! Entertaining but very disturbing at the same time.
I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...
Only made it to the 5th chapter and stopped. Did not find it interesting and really didn't enjoy anything about it. All my girlfriend loved this book ... I don't think it was worth the credit I used.
I would, since I picked this book based on recommendations my friends made to me! I normally stay in the YA world, but this was a good pick for dabbling in the more twisted, complicated world of adult psychological thrillers. I think pretty much anyone can get something out of this story, since you aren't supposed to like these characters and it's a fast read (/listen).
I knew there would be twists, so the first major twist in the story (around the mid point) was pretty good. I was ready for the author to mess with my head a bit, and she certainly did.
Honestly, it made me never want to get married. Nick and Amy are what I don't ever want to become.
I couldn't stop listening to this story. I don't know if I would have picked the book up without seeing how many of my friends loved and recommended it, but I'm glad I did. Seriously... I was putting my phone next to the shower so I could shower without having to pause my listening. Yeah. It's like that.
Devout reader. Teacher by trade, currently acting as executive assistant to the Centers of Attention, Harper and Quinn. Lucky wife and mom currently living as an expat in Shanghai, China.
Yes, I would. But I would be careful to tell them that it is not for those who like conventional storylines, and that people sometimes are upset by the ending.
Oh, I can think of two. The beginning of Part Two, where the point-of-view switch jars the listener and forces her to question assumptions made previously. And the hotly debated ending of the novel.
The duel narrator model worked well for this title, but I thought that both narrators were lacking in passion in some portions of the story.
The two sides taking turns each chapter and how part two revels the truth.
Absolutely. I loved the way the characters and story developed and how we were kept hanging from a cliff. It is not often that I am so enthralled in a mystery that I am tempted to skip to the end to find out "who dunnit"
I liked Julia better. I found Kirbys voice a little grating when playing male characters
This is one of the better mysteries I have listened to in a while. A much richer story than the average. I picked this book from a book sale and would definitely recommend it.
Sure... it grabs you pretty quick & it's got a lot of good plot twists.
It did. I also liked the way it was shown in both characters point of view so that you saw every angle after the story begins to unfold.
When he gets to the last clue in the treasure hunt & realizes whats been happening all along.
Although the book was riveting through out this author seems not to know how to end a story? The last chapter...the ending was cheesy it didn't fit the rest of the book? I don't know, it was just lacking something at the very end. BUT I will read this author again.
I'll give everything a try
When I finished the entire book, all i could think was, wow. It was physically tiring to read to the end, despite the both narrator's brilliant performance. I think it's because all the time you are asking yourself, what now? Ok, this twist isn't too unexpected, but what would this story end with?
The suspense was great, especially near the end. I just had o finish it. I have to say the writing wasn't that good, but you had to appreciate the storyline and how it all eventually comes to a head. I was thrilled by lots of the twists and turns. However, I thought the ending dragged on too long. I would had ended at Nick's last words to Amy in the book, but I could see why many may like how it ends now.
As for if I think you should read this, I'd say yes. That is provided you are willing to spend lots of time and a hard enough scull encase it explodes in the middle, for this is truly a wild and insane story.
It is hard to realize two people could go at such lengths to ruin the other. But that's life. So go ahead and read it, but read it at your own risk. Don't say I never warned you about the insanity you will encounter.