Ugh, I want the last five days of my life back. I can't remember who recommended this to me but whoever it was did so with full enthusiasm. I spent the last five days listening to this while I did another project with my hands and eventually decided to buy the kindle version so I could continue racing through the story. It's a trap!!
Non spoiler review:
The idea of this story is twice as good as the execution. The author uses the ENTIRE FIRST HALF yes HALF of the book to lay down groundwork for this story-with-a-twist and to be honest it's four times longer than necessary. I didn't care for the dumb minutae of dumb pop-cultury lives, I didn't care about how the dude and his sister bickered. There was a lot of aimless bs that was probably, in the author's mind, "characterization." It's wasted time is what it is! Then, HALF WAY THROUGH, comes the big twist. Ok, 'bout damn time, and I can NOT get through fast enough. It's fast-paced, it's exciting, it even makes me think I'll forgive the author using half the book to get to this good stuff. There's got to be a big worthwhile finish, I think to myself as I race and race through. The way it wraps up isn't bad per se, it's just extremely disappointing. You can argue that it's consistent with our two protagonists and the kind of friends and family they have, but I argue that it's bs.
It's bs. I do not accept that Amy, having been so sloppy, gets away scott-free. I get it, she manipulates literally everyone including herself and the irony is that she became the kind of woman in the kind of relationship she (pretended to?) scorn in her diary. I can say that the f*cked-up psychology of Amy is not just good, it's fantastic. That is probably the pinnacle of the book for me - Amy's twisted perfectionist mind flown off the handle. I just... the ending was such a let down. She broke Nick so he would become her puppet. Evil prevails, evil never gets caught. Maybe some people are into this genre of fiction but I'm not one of them. I wish Nick's dad had choked Amy, that would have been a nice clean ending. Or 'Go poisons Amy. Something. I would have been a lot happier with the ending had it been as clever as the twist itself. It fell way short.
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
I bought this book to listen with my wife on a long drive. I was guided by the reviews. Never again! I suspect the reviews were submitted by author groupies or college students hired by the author’s agent to spam fake reviews.
First, the hero and heroine in this book reveal themselves to be emotionally about 13 years old. And extremely narcissistic! Who can care about book-length navel inspections by thirteen year olds?
Secondly, the dialogue is poor. For example, the conversations between police and POIs are unrealistic. In this work, the police talk more like therapy group facilitators than cops. In fact, all the males in this work do not talk to each other like guys actually talk. This is especially true of the hero, and very especially true of the hero’s interior dialogue. (At one point, he thinks that a room’s décor is so 1960’s. I don’t know a single guy whose mind would cross this thought.)
Thirdly, the author did little or no research in writing this work. For example, no police department in America would launch an expensive missing persons investigation when a wife was missing for (possibly) only 12 hours. Maybe three days. Nothing sooner, absent clear evidence of criminality. They’d tell you to call all your relatives first, then call all the local bars, then call all the homeless shelters, and then to call them back only if nothing turned up. Then they’d get around to your problem a week or so later. Same for TV cable shows. The author has the hero being pummeled on a TV cable missing persons reality show just five days after the heroine went missing. Never happen! Maybe three months; nothing sooner. TV shows are in the can and queued up several weeks before they are aired. The author clearly just wrote off the top of her head with no knowledge and without checking to see how things are really done.
Fourthly, a press conference about a missing adult the day after they’re missing? This would never will happen. Maybe a fortnight after at the earliest.
There are few scenes in this book. Most of the book is author summary or author narrative via puppet characters. The device used for the heroine is that she reads from her diary. (Barf!) For the male character, the author narrates via the hero’s inner dialogue. These thoughts are not guy thoughts, not even gay guy thoughts. They are more like teenage girl thoughts.
Bottom line: If you’re a reader who likes well-researched and realistic fiction, the kind that holds your interest, such as that written by Dalton Fury (Black Site) or Brad Thor (Full Black) or James Lee Burke (Creole Belle) or Robert K. Morgan (Altered Carbon) (all available from Audible), you will not like this book.
When we arrived at the end of our trip, we were about half way through this book. My wife turned to me and asked what I thought. Not wanting to influence her comments, I deferred to her: “What do you think?” She replied, “I could care less about both of these characters. They are boring. And they are juvenile.” I agreed. We did not finish the book. Beware the reviews. They can’t be genuine.
Yes, but with a disclaimer. About 90% of the book is great and keeps you guessing as to who to like and who to not like. Then, the book ends as if the author work up one day and said, "Eh, I just don't feel like writing this book anymore."
As audio performance, it's in the top 1%. Both performers were fantastic. As a book, it's well above some of the more mindless books I read, but lands in the middle of the better fiction I've listened to. It was certainly worth a listen, but it went on too long for the story, and I feel that it would have been more enjoyable had it wrapped up 1/4 shorter in length and acheiving so by chopping off that last 1/4. The book grabbed my attention immediately and held it, but I was disappointed at the end, like a great date that ends by discovering he's a slobbery kisser.
Yes, I likely would but I won't be running out to get one. I felt that the characters were well developed and their actions, at least in the first 3/4 of the book, were believeable in line with how they were portrayed. As others have mentioned, it did have some undercurrents running through it, such as the "have & have nots & the had it and lost its" and the influence and changing landscape of media, which for the most part, were interesting.
Neither main character was what anyone would call loveable, but for most of the book, they held my attention and my interest in seeing how things would pan out. However, toward the end, they both became unlikeable--not in the antagonist kind of way, but in the no redeeming qualities, turn me off kind of way. I am huge fan of Hitchcock, and I enjoy stories were the ending is not what the audience desires or in some other form is surprising, and while this book ended in a way I could not have predicted, I not only didn't like it, I thought it lacked imagination. It fell very flat.
The narrator's performances were SPOT ON. Both performers were excellent, and evoked clear, believeable images of their characters. Julia was especially good in her role. I don't believe that I've had the pleasure of listening to an audio book by either narrator, but seeing either of their names listed as performers would definitely enhance my interest in a book. I have not read the print version, but I feel that this audio must be superior, as they added so much to the story.
In Sicker and In Poorer...
I did not find this book as "surprising" in its "twists and turns" as many other listeners did, but I did enjoy the cat and mouse games and it includes a fairly realistic depiction of a sociopath. It was worth a listen & a credit, but don't get your hopes up for a great ending.
I could not stop listening. Everything's great: narrator, writer, plot. Excellent excellent modern whodunit with a smart, edgy quality and great characters who are awful people. Go Gillian Flynn, please write more!
ITs the First Audio book I have read, I started yesterday at 10am and finsihed today at 3:00 so I enjoyed the story very much.
I liked Diary Amy.
I did not like the Voice for Desi. I didnt like it when Julia used a male voice. It ruined it for me. I liked her voice as Amy, but as a man she really sounded awful. A man should play a man and a woman should play a woman. All in all, I liked Kirbys voice. He seemed wimpy though, I liked him better with Andie then with Amy. He was more manly with Andie.
the worst part of the book is where Amy was on the boat with the HIllbilly guy fishing. It didnt seem to make and sence and it went on and on and was boring. And there was a part where Amy carried on for like an entire page about being the "Cool Girl" it was just bazarr how it drug on and on it was kind a weird.
The story was fascinating from beginning to end, with so many twists and turns. The characters were great and I was never sure if there was a bad guy or a good guy.
Definitely the ending was stunning.
I am not sure, I have listened to so many different narrators.
If you love a good mystery thriller, then this is definitely a must read.
Didn't read the print, but I loved that the audio was in two different voices.
Yes. It had intrigue and twists. And was slow paced enough to make me want more.
This is the best book I have ever listened to.
I love a good book, but never have time to sit and read. Audible is wonderful for people like me. Even though my kids think I am a nerd for always having my headphones on, someday they will wish their college books were on audible!
This one kept me guessing. I would get mad then laugh, because I was wrong
What fun to read something that is well written, a different and surprising storyline and great narration. So glad I tried this book!
Plot had many twists and turns..I couldn't put the book down