It's impossible to review this book in any depth without spoiling one of the numerous plot twists. It's a thriller, it's riveting, it's readable and totally engaging.
As a water-cooler or book club discussion focus, this book is a gold mine. Insights into marriage? Check. Point of view switching? Check. Unreliable narrator(s)? Check. Also do-I-like-them-or-not characters, will s/he won't s/he, oh-no-you-DIDN'T, and much more, handled with adroit skill by former Entertainment Weekly reviewer Gillian Flynn.
The woman is a helluva novelist.
It was on the best seller list and everyone seemed to like it so I selected this book. Only one other time in my 12 years of Audible have I gotten a book I just could not stand to finish. I stuck it out for three hours, but finally had to give up, though I would like to know what happened to her.
At first I thought it was Heybourne's reading that made it bad. He's so slow and drags out words like wwwaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thinking it will convey warmth. Well, it doesn't; it's just a drag. Whelan's not much better; I could imagine her popping gum though it wasn't in the book. But then, maybe that was a lot of it...the book itself was so, so, cutesy every time it referred to something "shitty". And naming his sister , "Go"; give me a break. It went of on so many tangents at the least little drop of a noun, a verb, anything - it didn't take much. The story could probably have been told in 6 hrs if Flynn had stayed on point and Heybourne could have picked up the pace.
Eventually I threw in the towel. Glad everyone else liked it so much; it's just not for me.
The story reminded me of the Lacey Petterson case, but it turns out much differently with ongoing twist of events. I hope they make a movie on this one!
This story is well-written and well-performed (hence the stars for story and performance), but it's an awful misery. No kidding. If you listen to this you'll be dropped into a terrible situation between two insane individuals. The story will be interesting and stressful, but a nightmare from beginning until the author grows tired of telling you about it. Justice is not served, evil prevails and the innocent suffer.
I wish that someone had warned me away from this because it will likely take the rest of the day to get this dark feeling out of my heart.
A different plot
the characters, the endlessness, the lack of appeal of any lead characters
A different story to read
I only finished it because I needed something to listen to at the time -- miserable story - not a beach read, more like a garbage dump read
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
I am not a person who is bothered by profanity. However this book had so much that even someone who isn't bothered by it was bothered by it. It's gratuitous and the story would've been just as well, better without every other word being the F word.
The mystery was good. And there were some thought-provoking storylines on relationships.
Not really. I kept listening because I had read reviews and they all were pretty good. Then it got exciting in part two, and I thought "This is what everyone is talking about". Then it flatlined again.
They did fine, it was the subject matter that bored me. The endless descriptions of the past ...ugh
The production of the story was amazing. Both narrators did amazing jobs and i really felt as though i was hearing the characters' true voices. I never wanted to stop listening....completely engaging!
The closest comparison i have to this story is the film War of the Roses. Both main characters are massively flawed and it's difficult to determine who the real "hero" of the story is when all is said and done.
The beginning of the second part....I felt like i was slapped across the face with it in a way that was designed. It was incredibly entertaining!!!!!
i found myself reacting throughout the book, laughing, gasping, and getting angry with the MC's. It's worth the read!!!!
Just read it. I am sure you will NOT feel like it's a waste of time. My only criticism is that, in the end, you might argue.....did anyone grow as a result of the actions in the book??? Perhaps not, but man, it was sure a fun ride!
It was long so I wasn't trying to figure out what to do until my next credit.
Both readers were excellent but Julia Whelan in particular took the author's words and put the spine-tingle into them!
How well do you really know your spouse?