For me this book was just OK. I found much of the story not very believable.
I don't believe that someone would go through the detail to fake their own murder.
I don't believe that anyone would remain in a relationship with someone who tried to have them convicted of murder.
I would be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn. I think the writing was well, I just didn't find the story believable.
"Gone Girl" is a decent summer read but I can't really recommend it wholeheartedly.
The story and structure are fairly interesting but are plagued by what feel like very artificial mechanisms meant to build suspense.
Key among these mechanisms is the use of a first person perspective (i.e., the reader sees the story develop through the main character's eyes) where information known to that character is intentionally withheld from the reader.
The end result is a little frustrating since the reader's perspective is limited to what the main character sees or feels and yet we're not privy to everything that the character knows (e.g., why won't Nick answer his cell phone? What is he trying to hide?). I understand that answering these questions would give away a lot of the story up front but this method of building suspense is much better suited to a third person perspective. If we're going to be parked in the narrator's head, then it's only fair that the author let us know everything that's in there. The way the author did it is not suspenseful, it's annoying.
Overall, the frustration was not enough to totally turn me off the novel. The story was entertaining though the ending kind of fizzled rather than banged.
Narration was good and sound quality was excellent. My only complaint was that the male narrator's voice did not quite match the characterization of the male lead. His voice was more "NPR host" than "good old American boy".
The first third is a tad slow, but hang in there. Once you get to the meat of the story, you're in for one hell of a ride! What's so striking is that the slow beginning is necessary to build tension.
The narrators are great. The characters are over-the-top interesting, but real. They have the same vanities and hang-ups that we all have, just more so. Honestly, my favorite character is Go. She's as good a sister as she can be.
I wish I could say more, but I'd spoil the story. If only I had three thumbs...sigh.
Keeping the reader in suspense as to whether he killed his wife.
Yes. It made you think he killed his wife but it also made the reader feel that he could be innocent.
They each narrate their perspective parts. Her side of the story and he, his story.
yes, I think the wife set him up beautifully. I didn't know whether to feel sorry for him in the end.
I think every husband should read this book. It may deter one from ever cheating on their spouse.
Nothing. The characters were so dispicable that I did not even care what happened to them. I only completed the listen because I have to finish things. I was hoping to find myself thinking, Oh I am glad that I finished this. It was worth it. I was disgusted. The metaphors were so trite and the conversations so contrived.
A Kate Morton book, probably The Distant Hours.
This was awesome! Get through the first few chapters and it starts moving! Crazy plot... I'm sure this has happened out there too!
Lance because you are pulling for him!
I think that Amy's narration was perfect! At first it was a little vally girlish but you get over that quick!
More books should have two narrators like this.. Nice touch!
Yes everytime. I am the kind of reader that often finds the clue before - and how boring - the end is told. Here no way. It is based on true human feelings too and of infinitely clever minds. I still lick my fingers.... Hope to forget it and be able to relisten to it.
Difficult to say but I liked the journal of her, story of him that converge at the end.
No a first
I could hardly get my headphones off... smirking or grinning perhaps at the cleverness of the author
More like that please...
Say something about yourself!
No idea . everyone should keep away from wasting time.
Rewrite with some personality , make it more fast paced.
Nothing , they did the best they could with the terrible writing.
Please avoid wasting your time.
This book held my attention.
I enjoyed the anniversary treasure hunt.
Initially, I was unhappy with how the book ended. Then I took another look at all this husband had been through and I had to respect him.
This was a great read.