Norwich, CT, United States | Member Since 2012
This story was well-written and the narration was very good. I enjoyed the characters and the setting was very engaging and interesting. It moved a bit slow in places and I just felt let down by the ending, as if there should have been more closure for the characters. It was a decent read but I would be far more inclined to recommend Gone Girl.
I had reservations about the way the book was structured at first but the author does a good job at tying it all together and delivering an interesting story overall. It was a little slow in parts but in general this is a good read.
I thought this story was well-written and I enjoyed parts of it very much. I found it moved a bit slower than I typically like and that the ending, though a nice twist, was actually not as surprising or revealing as I had hoped. The narration is good and the setting of Belfast and its commentary on its war-torn youth was both interesting and tragically sad. The story was compelling but simple dragged in certain parts that made it difficult to follow at times, I found myself easily distracted from the story which doesn't typically happen. Still, the writing is really quite good and if you are not looking for a blockbusting thriller, this may be for you.
I liked the way the story jumped back and forth between present day and the past and introduced us to a set of characters who grew deeper and more complex as their story was revealed. I didn't want to become engaged in their story given the horrific nature of their crime but I couldn't help being captivated. The ways in which the lives intertwined was simply great!The ending of the book for me was the most memorable because it brought everything full circle for me. I think the author made the right choice with the ending - it felt right to me on several levels and allowed for forgiveness where is was due. The writing really conveyed the feeling behind the foggy, coastal town and old amusement park clinging to the shores. It had a great setting that helped set the whole tone of the book. It was a different perspective and made me really think, which I always appreciate about a book.
This book goes past quickly. The pace is very fast and so it felt like it ended more quickly than I would have liked. I enjoyed it though, but not as much as I have others.
I've listened to Gone Girl and Dark Places and I would think that this one ranks much lower on my list that the other two. The plot is very fresh and unique. The characters are great too but the writing on this one...just didn't impress me as much as her other novels. I felt like it was missing that "bite" of her other books.
The narrator was a good match.
I think so. It was a good story and had I not read other books by this author that were far more superior, I would prob have rated it higher. Its less graphic than her other novels which is good news for many people that found the other books to be too brutal.
Still a good read but if you want to experience this author at her best, try Gone Girl or Dark Places first instead.
This was one of the more engaging stories I've listened to in a long, long time. Pessl delivers a great storyline that grabs you, shakes you by the roots and takes you a fast paced thrill ride. The writing is superb and the characters are so engaging and unique and they are brought into vivid color by a plot that will make you cringe, cheer, laugh and keep you up at night. Witchcraft and voodoo mix almost sensibly into a story about a family legacy, a mysterious compound and a young girl's untimely death. There are passages that blend the reality with the fantasy so artifully that even now, having finished the book, I'm at a loss to explain them. This book delivers in a way many others try and fail. Highly recommended.
Despite the interesting setting, I found this story just a bit too predictable and bland. I wanted it to engage me more, but even the characters seemed to be people I've met before but under better and more exciting circumstances. Overall, something I would not recommend. There are much better, more original thrillers out there than this one.
I am a fan of Gillian Flynn. Not only is she an excellent story teller, she does something continually that amazes me...she creates characters that I often dislike and then, through the magic of her craft, I find myself hooked on them, cheering them on, routing for their cause. Much like I did in Gone Girl, I did not initially like the Libby but by the end, I was pulling for her the whole way through as she pursued the truth about her family's brutal murder. There are parts that are very graphic and brutal, this story is very viseral. Flynn's writing is razor sharp and she carries the plot all the way through, answering all the questions no matter how difficult or unappealing. I found myself listening, tense and fearful but unable to put the story away. I had to know what happens! Gillian Flynn is a master storyteller and Dark Places might just be my new favorite over Gone Girl!
I was an instant fan of Joe Hill after "Horns", and his latest efforts have only solidified my affection for his style, his amazing characters and his plots - which are both highly imaginative but also very grounded. This book has his distinctive creep factor coupled with his amazing talents for storytelling and descriptive verse. His gut-twisting villain is just as engaging as his brazen heroine, Vic McQeen. There is humor, there is terror, there is humanity. This book is scary, action-packed, moving, funny and simply...great.
I usually prefer the print but rarely have time to read anymore so I'm pleased with the audio version.
The return of the familiar characters, their sincerity and their devotion to each other and their ideals. The story is as intimate as it is intricate. No one transports me to places and communities better than Burke.
Clete Purcell, a lovable, train wreck of man. He is a tormented soul with a heart of gold. Burke has crafted him so vividly and Will Patton brings him to life so effortlessly and so perfectly.
Burke's book engage me on all emotional levels, there is a realistic quality to his characters that really draw me in.
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