You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney
The first hour or so I am thinking "Meh... I just don't see what all the fuss is about, just another murder, mystery, who-done-it". And then... (nope, no spoilers here). The most difficult part about writing this review, is that it hard to describe how amazing this book is without ruining it for anyone who has not read it yet.
The premise is that a woman (a wife) goes missing on her 5th wedding anniversary. The story is told dueling piano style. It alternates views from the husband and wife. It starts off just a little slow... but you have to wait for it... and then BAM it turns into something you can't put down or stop thinking about when you have to put it down.
Every time I thought I had it figured out I was wrong and I wanted to know what was right. I wanted to know all the pieces that held it together and all the pieces that would make it fall apart. It is a puzzle that you take out of the box and swear none of the pieces will ever fit together, but somehow they do. Absolutely brilliant!
This is the best book I have read/listened to this year, so far.
The ending was ridiculous.
Nothing. Told the author to not suck.
They were fine.
I didn't read the print version but I loved listening to it- the narrator did a great job of creating a voice for the listener.
It was as if you thought you knew what was happening and then suddenly it went a completely different direction!! I listened to this book in about three days- I couldn't stop!!
no to the author, yes to narrators
no, the ending was so disappointing, I wouldn't want to waste my time
I could not put this book down, or any of Gillian Flynn's books actually. Her stories are disturbing and yet very gripping! This particular story had me experiencing many different emotions, from hate to disgust to shock to surprise ..... and then it ended, and I was so bothered. It was a love/hate relationship with this book. I do recommend it, and all of her books, but they all leave you feeling unnerved.
I would definitely recommend this book. When immersed in a good mystery, I always enjoy being able to play the part of a detective. I love piecing together clues and trying to predict what comes next. This book keeps you guessing right to the end.
Both main characters (Nick and Amy) are my favorite characters. They are so dynamic. Just when you think you know them, something pops up to make you question who they really are.
I have only listened to the audiobook and have not read the text, so I feel I can't really answer this question appropriately or with any certainty.
I will say, however, that I was partial to Kirby's narration over Julia's. It seemed to me that the male narrator was just a little better at portraying the emotional and intense parts of the story.
This was a story that I wanted to finish in one sitting. I didn't because of its length, but if I could've listened to it straight through from beginning to end, I would have.
I look forward to seeing how the movie compares with the book. Since a lot of the book is written in first person or like a memoir, I worry that it will not translate well to the big screen.
I liked the insight into each character. At first I want to jump through the pages and shake Nick because he seems so evasive and seems not to realize that his actions are suspicious. And then there is Amy who in the beginning seems so happy and in love and joyful. She seems to really enjoy life and respects people and family. She seems to be the girl everyone wants to be around.
666 Park Avenue and this is only because things are not what they seem. The good is really bad and the bad turns out to be trying to do the right thing.
I have always been a fan of Julia Whelan, just look at my library of books I have purchased in the past. She knows how to narrate a story and make you feel as if you are walking along the street with her or seeing things from her point of view or rather the characters point of view. But for this one I have to say that I applaud Kirby Heyborne because he made the reader literally dislike Nick in the beginning. He was critical of himself and you believed that wow this is a guy that really knows how to come off wrong, all wrong. And in the end you find yourself cheering him on and hoping he would win, yes win. When he wakes up and figures out that he has been the fool you think 'FINALLY' and you hope that he will start doing the right things and he does so you can't help but to cheer him on.
A love story gone awry.
I can not stress enough how it was a slow book to start out and then I literally could not stop listening to the story. I found myself thinking about possible endings and what would happen if scenarios. In the end I wasn't disappointed however neither was I surprised at the outcome. Not to say that it was expected but after listening to this cat and mouse game being told, its easy to guess the last chapter.
Voracious bookworm who's sanity has been threatened by commuting and the occasional commercial flight. Audible to the rescue!
Having heard quite a bit of praise about this author (and with the knowledge that this particular book is about to be released as a movie) I thought I'd finally give her a try. I wonder now whether that was a mistake. The hallmark of every worthy novelist is their capacity to "flesh out" the characters they create - respecting each one's flaws as much as, if not more than, their virtues. But basing entire personalities upon some of the vilest aspects of human nature seems a bit over the top.
Don't get me wrong, I love a gritty thriller as much as the next person - more, in fact, since such tales are my preference. I just never expected that any novel could create such a profound need to shower after reading it.
Is that how all of her books are? I mean, I'd love to get a better sense of her as an author but... [shudder]...I'm not sure my stomach can handle any more emotional sludge like this.
The first half was very good, even some of part 2. But the rest started to drag on and then the ending made me with I had never read it at all!
I think I read Gone Girl is going to be a movie and their going to change the ending. I might go see it if they actually do change it.
Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.
Easy read, mindless. Nothing chilling about it, no mystery, no thriller, just a story with a somewhat who done it, at best.