This is probably one of the most unusual books that I have ever listened to. Getting tired of dealing with serial killers and this one was a breath of fresh air. It's a long book and I was quite surprised at how quickly it slipped by. It's something different.........I recommend it.
Love Romance, Suspense, strong character development a must. Authors I go to: Erik Larson (NF), Stephen King, Suzanne Brockmann, Susan Elizabeth Phillips,
Manipulate, Betray, Dubplicity
So far it's Nick, but I'm not quite finished yet
Both Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne give tremendous performances. The characters are consistent in voice and come to life through these talented actors.
Is Every Marriage an Illusion?
I took a chance on this...not my usual authors and I cannot stop listening. It pulls you in and is a true page turner.
Amazing character development!
It kept me guessing right up till the end because the two main characters were so psychologically damaged.
The scene where Amy is interviewed by Detective Boney after she escapes. Amy is unbelievably abusive to the detective which is so counter productive but she is such a sociopath that she can't help herself.
I felt very bad for the husband, Nick...he was trapped.
This is one of the best psychological dramas and "who done its" that I have read in a long time. The author did an amazing job of weaving this story. It was a very intricate plot.
Tell us about yourself!
This is a spoiler free review. First of all I have to give this book its just dues based on the fact that I have listened to it non-stop with the exception of two nights of sleep and a few bouts of work. This had me hooked from the beginning, though I felt a distinct alteration in my attention based on the three parts that the book is divided into. At first I was hesitant, though hesitantly hooked, as the marriage of Nick and Amy began to slowly reveal itself through the very opposite points of view of said parties. They have a marriage much like everyone else in which no one is a saint and everyone is certainly suspect when the he-said she-said thing starts playing out. The giant mystery unfolds itself pretty early on, but those few and far between gems that suddenly drop the floor out from the story and get you chomping for the truth are sparse at first. I did think to myself at one point that I was a bit tired of hearing the run of the mill American love story gone bad, but the ever-growing divide in the alternate narrator's stories had me deeply invested. And after the true crime dramas that have played out over tabloids and news channels in the past decade I found the increasingly incriminating nature of the first part deliciously devious. Someone seriously, seriously messed up, but by now everyone had started to look guilty. Part two came with a sudden and almost violent shift of the gears. I was enthralled, I was enraged, and I was loving every moment of the reveal, but here in the book is where things got slightly out of hand and somewhat unbelievable to me. Where I had taken the characters at face value and believed the author's every word I found myself questioning the reality and suspending disbelief more than I had in part one. What kept me grounded was the other characters and the giant question of how in the world this was going to wrap up. Part three offers the final resolution to a story that has to end with the biggest possible bang ever. No matter what happened the ending had to be awesome, and no, it couldn't end in that way, the slightly disappointing way, the way that it kind of had to end, the way that seemed obvious....but it did. I wasn't angry, and I don't even think I was let down, but I had seen this ending as a possibility early on and thought, "nah, Flynn has something awesome up her sleeve!" But alas.... Besides these few minor moments of disappointment the book really did deliver a whirlwind of a story that had me possessed, and I found the narration to be superb except for the occasional weirdness that came of the female narrator' version of men's voices.
Yes, this was an extremely well done audio version. The structure, with two main characters alternating their stories, made this a good place for male/female performances. Too many audiobooks suffer from a man doing a female voice or a woman doing a male voice. This was pitch perfect.
The way Amy figured all the angles. I also liked that the police dectective realized Amy had gotten away with it--none of the tiresome "dumb police who don't get it."
They inhabited the characters and expressed them quite convincingly. Julia Whelan conveyed the different Amys extremely well and Kirby Heyborne did the everyman and angry man equally well.
This was an amazing story. I usually listen when I'm in the car, and I wanted to keep driving so I didn't have to stop. It is such a twisty, smart book.
Tell us about yourself!
Good book. Thanks to Audible for having this in store! I would recommend this to my friends and family!
You feel that you're figuring things out and picking up on some nuances in Part 1... then you get to Part 2. The story completely changes!
the narration of this book was perfect -- told in the first person from two sides, their narration really brought the story to life, and the acting through their voices really brought something else to the characters.
this book will make you laugh (in a perverse way). I didn't cry.. but I could see how someone might!
You love, hate, feel compassion and then terror for the wife, then the husband. Your'e left feeling nothing but dread! What a story.
This author twists the story up, down and sideways. The story pulls you in and plays with your emotions all the way through. Please do yourself a favor and read this book.
very good story had me hooked from the beginning. mid-book twist was right on time and I became more interested. ending sort of petered out and was anti-climatic
kind of lost interest in the last chapter and don't think I missed much
i loved the huge twist in the story mid-book