When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
©2006 Gillian Flynn (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
I still enjoyed this. It was a well done whodunit with an edge. Flynn is EXPERT at drawing acid tongued, vile women and there is a plethora of them in this fast paced, edgy book.
I was NOT a fan of the reader. She sounds WAY too old! The girl in this book is in her early thirties and this reader sounds much older.
It was good, but very different from Gone Girl, which I LOVED, and wanted another one of course. This is very different, but still great.
I bought this on the strength of Gone Girl, but struggled with a turgid storyline that didn't have the trajectory of her more recent work. Also, it relishes in the nastiness of some of the characters (much like Gone Girl) that does little to make the story any richer or involving.
Pleasant older female
"Great story, kept me hooked!"
Different, Intriging, gripping
yes I could have done
Enjoyed this as much if not more, as the authors other two books Girl Gone and and Dark Places
Gillian Flynn is a favourite of mine. She is always an exciting listen. Can't wait for more.
"A bit of a let down"
I enjoyed the book more as I got further into it but if I had not read one of her books previously I think I might have given up. Not any where as good as Gone Girl but I suppose for an earlier work it was ok. It has the usual twists and turns you expect from the author but they are more obvious than in later works.
I would suggest that anyone reading this hangs in there as it does improve as it goes along.
"Another great read from Gillian"
Dark, Compelling, unpredictable,
A great book, I love this author, and have loved all of her books. Looking forward to her next novel.
I loved every minute of this book, it kept me guessing right until the end. I listened to this after gone girl , which I thought was brilliant, and this book is even better. I love the way the listener gradually finds out the darker side of the narrator as the story moves along with a wonderful dark sense of humour.
"Sinister and exciting"
I loved this, as good as Gone Girl, and with tighter writing. However the narrator is quite irritating, not Amy! Once I got over this I really enjoyed it but might have been better to read than listen
"Not Flynn's Best work"
but listenable. Quite dragging in the middle. The ending is predictable. But undoubtedly, Flynn is still one of the best thriller writer out there.
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