Pretty incredible the way she tied all those clues together, and planned ahead. The weakest subplot was the cabin/harbor time, she would NEVER have given away her identity like than, so sloppily, and would have sought revenge on the robbers. Strange to see that one sub plot not woven very well into her personality/planning/meticulous evilness.
Both were just fine
The only reason I found this audiobook is because I noticed a movie of the same name. Sure glad I didn't miss it. All around great read, great character development, very hard to predict what was coming next. Gone Girl and Dark Places are very different but on the same level of excellence. I'd pass on Sharp Objects ......of the 3 books, Sharp Objects (the debut) does not reach the same level, full of cliches, cartoonish caricatures. Can't wait for her next work, though, which I hope continues in the excellent vein of the last titles.
I decided to listen to this book as I knew there was going to be a movie. I always like to compare and contrast. In the beginning, there is a lot of background information, and at times the digression was slightly annoying. However, as one earlier listener stated, you need the background to understand the ending. So persevere!
I hated the characters - couldn't wait for the book to be over. Self absorbed people trying to find validation in the eyes of other self absorbed psychotics. "No! I'm not my father!" "No! I'm the amazing one!" Please. Nick and Amy need to wake up and look around - use their brains for something other than "Oh my, how will I live without someone loving me... Oh noes!" Try Biology, Physics, listen to NPR, history - something! Look out, not in. The book was filled with women haters... Nick couldn't see any other choice of women but a smart psychotic or some dumb mediocre cartoon of a woman? I am sad and disappointed.
Great book! Held my attention to the very end and I found myself wanting to keep listening. I enjoyed the fact that their were 2 narrators telling from 2 different characters in the book.
All the way to the end. I do wish the ending could've been a tad different. But it was still a great book. The book actually makes me want to see the movie, but I'm sure book will be better than movie as I have found that to be true usually.
The book keeps you engaged. You either love yourself for not be duped or chastise yourself for not figuring things out sooner.
What I like best is that it isn't totally predictable. There aren't so many twist that you can't keep up but just when you think you've got it.......do you really?
Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne made me feel as if I was just a fly on the wall. It did not sound like a performance.
You cannot discuss that with spoiling the experience for others.
It is obvious that this book is a set up for a sequel. I did not care for the ending but that is where you will build from in the next installment.
This tale was weaved around two VERY intense characters. It kept me guessing with twists and turns I didn't see coming.... That is hard to do!
Amy....Nick....I can't choose! Both characters were very well written. You go from feeling sorry for one to hating them then back to feeling sorry...
I didn't care for Kirby's voice at first, but it grew on me... From seeing the movie advertisements, I just wanted his voice to be Ben Afleck! Julia...her performance was FLAWLESS!
Already a film. LOL
At least one redeeming character. They were all terrible people.
I don't think I have listened to them before, but they were fine.
Disgust. Seriously, every story needs some redemption. This was utterly hopeless and dreary.
I want my credit back.
Gilliam Flynn's writing is spot on.
The performances were sooooo annoying. Kirby Heyborne's voice is completely un-Nick-like. And both readers have the super annoying habit of trying to mimic the opposite gender's voice - totally irritating and dumb.
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier and The Fabulous Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio
The ending is disappointing. The plot twists seemed absurd and everything was over-explained.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
I loved all the twists and turns! I had guessed one of the twists and thought "that was easy to figure out" then it got way more twisted, and then more again, and even more again, right up until the very end.
Fantastic!! I have listed to Kirby a few times and always enjoyed him. It's my first time listening to Julia and she was great.
I never usually listen to books like this, but I saw the trailer for the movie and read all the great reviews on Audible, so I thought I would try it. Well, I am so glad I did! Every chance I got I would be listening to this book. I couldn't wait to see what happened in the end!
When you think you know what's happening she turns your world upside down.
The very end. Perfect ending for such a manipulating story.
This kept me intrigued from the very beginning. I loved the he said she said versions of the writing. There are so many twist and turns the reader is never board.