Westmount, Quebec, Canada | Member Since 2008
After reading Gone Girl by Flynn which I really liked decided to buy another of her books. This one was disappointing. The story was long,tedious and the descriptions were gruesome . You don't feel sorry for Libby Day, the main character because she is unlikeable. Her brother Ben is more sympathetic but his reasons for protecting his lover seem somewhat lame when he is accused of killing his own family. All the rest of the characters in Dark Places seem degenerative and inhuman as well as terribly violent.
The plot gets more convoluted and ridiculous as the story evolves. The reader was excellent and listened to it until the end to find out who were the actual killers. It was disappointing as could not believe Flynn could write such rubbish because Gone Girl was so good I couldn't stop listening to it.
This is a well written and lovely story. We forget how difficult it was for women alone at the beginning of the twentieth century to forge a life for themselves. The main character in the book Cora shows us the strength and abdominable spirit of what one woman can do. Although orphaned as a child and then living in a loveless marriage she struggles through bitter disappointments to find happiness. Due to society's norms of not accepting homosexuality or divorce she lives a very unorthodox life for the times and yet she endears herself to us time and again because of her choices and how she fights for them. It was sad to say good bye to Cora but she will linger in my thoughts for a long time.
Really enjoyed the story but disliked the narrator as found he mumbled a great deal and sometimes had to go back and listen again to parts of the book.
It is a unique story somewhat improbable and yet believable..it could happen and it is a tragedy of of two people in conflict about doing "the right thing for the wrong reasons".
Don't really know too many names of narrators although have listened to hundreds of books pay little attention who narrates them unless really dislike the voice. Unfortunately I noted Noah Taylor and ascertain that I never listen to a book that is narrated by him...that is how bad I thought he was!
The dilemma of making the right choices in life!
Enjoyed it because the characters were so well defined. It was interesting to feel the depth of the isolation of being on the island when Tom was alone and then to see the terrible decisions made because of their remoteness from civilization...could they have gotten away with keeping Lucy had the letter never been written, had the rattle not been discovered - you wonder and you feel so sad for them.
That is why it is such a touching story because although you know what they did was wrong you can only feel sadness for Tom, Isabelle, Hannah and Lucy. As a reader you realize there is no possible solution to a tragic misjudgement all in the name of love and you can never judge them....
Would change just about everything in this book as it the plot was so confusing.
Think I won't be reading a thriller for a while and try just fiction.
Had no real favourite scene. Found many of them to be rather gruesome.
Don't think would bother as did not enjoy the storyline.
Will not purchase another book by this author.
Learnt a great deal from this book. Crichton did a lot of research on global warming and made it the theme of this very engrossing tale. You just can't stop reading it. He explains all his theories at the end. It certainly makes one reconsider all the propaganda on our fears of climate change. Feel like buying this book for all my friends and get them to read it. Wonderful conversation piece. Don't miss listening or reading this novel.
Really enjoy Elizabeth George's work but this last book left me bewildered. The story line is complex which the author usually manages to plot well but this time it just didn't quite jive. It rambled in some parts. The characters were hard to follow and the necessity of the murder didn't make any sense.
At the beginning of the book she piques your interest when the body is found but as it goes on you couldn't quite follow the plot..it was too shallow. Of course, I wanted to know what happened to Inspector Lynley after the murder of his pregnant wife in George's last book. How was he coping with his wife's and unborn son's death and she depicts him very well in his grief. He is such a defined character in all her novels. It was disappointing but will read her next one when she publishes it She writes very well.
This book is just a series of historical dates with absolutely no fiction. While it may be factual it makes for boring reading.
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