Erie, Disturbing, Delightful.
The unfolding of their madness. The character development in this story is so intricately laid out....it baffles me.
Amy (performed by Whelan) was so sincerely #$^%ed up that it was bordering on intoxicating.
Actually yes, when Amy is describing the "cool girl" syndrome. She describes it perfectly and in such as way that anyone who is paying attention would agree that t is disgusting to observe in nature.
This book had so many "Sixth Sense" type moments that I literally had to rewind the playback just to make sure that I heard correctly. I have to say that this is possibly one of the best books that I have read. It was truly a fantastic book and the characters were very unexpected.
Amy Dunn was one of the most complex, intelligent, and down right psycho people that I have every had the pleasure of reading. Sometimes her thought process made me laugh out loud...cause it REALLY is what we are all thinking!
At first I rated this 3 stars. After the initial excitement of Amy, the wife gone missing, it was difficult to follow until I realized there were two points of view going on.
One of Amy, the missing wife telling the days PRIOR to her being missing.
The second story of Nick AFTER his wife is missing.
What a sick & sad relationship.
Gary's review from June 2012, is excellent!
At the conclusion, the book kept me thinking and it all fell together. Very sad.
It's pretty far down the list. Although it's well done, it's pretty depressing.
The book was full of plot twists. Not what you expect.
They did a good job of portraying the characters. They brought out my emotions.
This book is pretty evocative but the plot is not really my cup of tea. Call me old fashioned but I like to have at least one character that I really like and this book didn't offer that. In fact, I kind of felt like I needed to take a shower after I finished to wash off the depressing remnant of the ending. If you're looking for a happy ending, this is not the book for you.
This title is right on the top of the list of my favorites audiobooks. My Mt. Everest is "Beat The Reaper" when comparing thrillers. Gone Girl is a worthy companion
Definitely when Amy (oh amazing Amy! so crafty) put her plan in motion
At first I was not convinced about Mr. Heyborne's performance, but at I'm listening, I started to appreciate his narration. They both did great.
Meet the Perfect Mate...Now Destroy Him/Her
This is a dark tale of two self involved individuals that had the luck and misfortune of meeting, fall in love and be bounded for life. For better or worse indeed.
Books are wonderful. When I am sad or feeling down, all I need to do is turn on a book, and I'm in a different world.... Thank you!
No sure on that one.
We need to talk about Kevin. Same kind of Twist and suspense in the end.
This was the perfect book for a long, long holiday drive. The narrators, were very good. Voice inflection was excellent. Perfect balance of good and bad. I became so engaged, I couldn't stop listening.
Have read nothing like it. However it was a softer, gentler, more engaging, interesting version of 'War of the Roses'. Characters were definitely more likable.
I enjoyed both. Julia's voice was great for gaining trust and Kirby played all his moods well.
Yes -- so many twists... so a really good story, not necessarily believable (at least I hope not) but truly thought provoking
Swearing was a bit much. In some instance I thought Kirby was going to loose it. He just had so much pent up rage when the rage should have been directed toward his father.
Probably not. It just isn't either exciting or fun to read. I liked the twisty plot, but the characters are not pleasant to learn about and it's a frustrating story.
Nope. I read another review that said she's famous for creating dark unlikeable characters. Well that about sums it up. I like mysteries, complicated, fallible characters, but don't like to be "surrounded" by completely unlikeable, selfish and cruel people.
They were both fine. She was slightly better than he was, but Nick is more of a cypher than Amy.
Although it was entertaining, it really did drag a bit and sometimes there was just too much detail. I think it could have been about 2-4 hours shorter.
Duh...check the stars rating I gave it.
Despite the publisher blurb, I was questioning what was really going on until half way through. By then I was so drawn in to the tightrope walk and chess game aspect of the second half I could not stop listening. The main mystery is not the point of this book. That part is only half and the most enjoyable part is the suspense of what comes afterward. You should time it so you hit the second half on a weekend. I’m afraid of spoiling it for others with more details than that. Top notch. I'm glad it got an award because it cerainly deserves it.
They bring the characters to life with just-right voices. The only lame or off voice is for the Desi character.
Some parts made me laugh and clap in applause in a few points.
I think the character development supercharged it, made it like 3 times more enjoyable. The men and women characters are developed with a good understanding of life in the Anglo-west from their POVs. This is missing or simply way off in most novels by women. But she did this better and more entertainingly than most novels by men, who know and use the observable but dare not use it in too much detail in novels. You may need to have been an adult for at least a couple of years to fully appreciate this so it might go over teens’ heads. Beyond the quality via POVs, most main characters are not just snatched from the collective stereotype pile but built, so you buy into them and can get into their motivations and the suspense.
I can't get enough from this writer her two other books were top notch. They hit in places I didn't know writers could hit. So, I waited for years, I suppose, for this book. Was it good? You bet. It was sinister, completely dysfunctional, intelligent and the Author knew it all the way through. If you liked her other books the characters in these books are beautifully and frighteningly flawed. I'd cheer for one protagonist only to find that I was starting to like the villain. The villain became the protagonist. And then Flynn's turns kept one moving back and forth wondering should I even be rooting for one or the other. Is there another player in this game that redeems a marriage gone horribly wrong? Listen and enjoy!