Overrated and overlong. I saw the 'twist' coming after about 10 minutes. I was drumming my fingers for the reveal, but it took hours. Finally, it arrived. Then the novel became rather intriguing and gripping. I liked this bit. But then the one of the characters began to behave completely out of character for no reason and from then on the novel descended into clumsy contrivance upon contrivance.
And it's so darn long. It would have made a really good 2-hour David Fincher movie. Oh wait...
The readers are adequate.
No. It was really long and pretty slow in the first half.
The plot towards the end was intriguing. The characters are manipulative and creepy. I needed to know who was to blame. I needed to know if someone would crack under the pressure.
My favorite character was the husband. He was so reserved and suspicious.
Do you really know the person you married?
Badass book. Kirby Heyborne murdured that performance.
Wow I had heard about this book for a long time, but all my friends described it as a creepy thriller that would shake you. This seemed too intense for me, but seeing that the movie was coming out soon I decided to give it a go.
So glad a did! This book isn't scary, but very intriguing! Also a really interesting angle!
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Loved every minute of it, but the ending. The ending left me saying "What?". I was entertained through the entire story and never wanted to stop listening. The book did contain some language and just a few sections that you wouldn't want kids to hear in case you have little ones traveling with you.
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Yes it's was awesome! No spoiler alert here. Great story you just never know until you do
All of it
Near the top, despite very tough competition.
The tension between a couple who seem very ordinary, but are steadily shown to be sinister indeed. All of us know thirty-somethings who have had to leave the big city for the small town they grew up in when finances and aging parents require it. All of us have coworkers who stray from marital fidelity. All of us know about the difficulties adjusting. This couple, however, have created a dark artwork of their resentment. Slowly we see how daily give and take becomes lethal.
Pacing. A sense of how a girl who may seem somewhat entitled has a backbone and can be capable of premeditated viciousness. And a guy who seems feckless is shown to knuckle down when he has no other way.
It made me think about my own relationships.
Truly well crafted. We get the facts only when we are ready to handle them.
I don't like all the foul words.
if they read like this one, yes.
I don't understand why foul words have to be used so much. Unless you are just wanting to make the book longer.
Parts 2 and 3. Part 1 really kept me wondering what in the world was going on, which was a lot of fun. As soon as the mystery was uncovered in Part 2, the story became much too contrived.
No. This book was so completely contrived. If she's capable of doing it with this one, her other books are likely just as ridiculous and unbelievable.
Kirby did a good job, but his determination to pronounce EVERY ending consonant was a bit annoying. His female voice was just okay. Julia's depictions of both male and southern voices were bad - very bad. She also sounded, throughout the book, like she was about 22. Her tone and inflection were very young, while we were supposed to believe that the character was in her mid-30's to 40.
Anger at the character, which was by design (well done). But eventually, anger at the author. That's a very rare thing for me!!
I love 90% of the books I read. I like about 9% of the books I read. This one falls into that 1% group of books I wish I'd never read.
No. Excellent writing for the first part of the book - wonderful detail and carefully woven story line. In the second part (at minimum third part of the book) it seemed like all the details that mattered so much in the beginning, were no longer relevant. It was nearly as if another author wrote the latter half of the book.
They both did a FANTASTIC job performing these parts.
It is a movie.
The emotions as performed by the narrators bring the life of the story to a whole new level...more, perhaps, than one would get from simply reading the book in print.
Consistent twists and turns. And just when you think you've gotten things figured out, a complete change in the plot's direction
Kirby Heyborne's performance leaves the reader perplexed on whether to love him or hate him, while Julia Whelan's commitment to her character is masterful.