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
imho - ymmv
Despite a flash of insight in chapter 2 that I spied the killer, I was inexorably drawn along - befuddled and misdirected - towards a bitter-sweet conclusion. Great book; unique point of view; queuing the next from Gillian Flynn as I write..
Camille. She's struggling. She's honest. I could identify.
Milk, poison and teeth - a golf-cart murder mistery.
Reading Gillian Flynn is always a pleasure. But I liked this book best. It's sharp to the point. Maternal love can be a toxic mixture of milk and poison. This story beats most psychiatric textbooks in its precise description of 'borderlinogenic' circumstances. And as usual the writing is first-rate: intelligent, exciting, excellent. Matches 'Life of Pi' in more than one aspect. Be aware of the teeth!
Great book, loved the depth to the characters and how different and original they were from your typical main characters, made the story so much more enjoyable and entertaining. Performance was absolutely amazing, loved the accents! The story itself overall was great though I felt the ending lacked a bit of punch but otherwise fantastic!
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.
Americans living in Amsterdam! Home Sweet Home!
While this was a bit predictable, it was also an interesting read with twists and turns.
While it's the first Gillian Flynn's novels, It's the last one I've read. It didn't reach the dizzying heights of Girl Gone or Dark Places, but it's still a wonderful novel with fast pacing and brilliant narration.
Dark Places. The MC is not as well developed as Libby Day in Dark Places, but she's definitely up there in status.
The MC, Camille
There were many, but in the bath, her mother poisoning her and the moment she's almost given up and comes to the realisation of everything that has happened.
Perhaps not as intriguing as Gone Girl as it was a bit more predictable and the storyline not as intriguing. I still enjoyed it a great deal.
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
"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
"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.
"good story, slightly irritating reader"
good story although I didn't enjoy it as much as the other two by the author. voice was a bit irritating but maybe that's just me...
"A dark thriller"
Not the best but definitely not the worst.
The fact that all the important characters are women, and they are all complex and dark characters, which you don't see that often.
It's difficult to pick just one scene, there are several well written and suspenseful scenes.
I could have done that, there certainly weren't many boring moments in the story.
The story is quite dark and somewhat disturbing, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Flynn's other works.
"Dark and Disturbing"
I really liked Gillian Flynn's previous books and as a result was looking forward to this. I found it an odd experience - i was still hooked by the story and wanted to continue. However in parts i found it so horribly brutal that i had to stop listening. This was really dark and disturbing and yet i still wanted to reach the end - which says a lot for the author's characterisation and story telling. Just be prepared is all i'd say!
"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.
"Better than dark places"
It was good and a great twist at the end - well read - definitely worth a read but not as good as gone girl!
It would have been more than 4 only I listened to Dark Places first and that's amazing
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.
I feel a bit let down after listening to this book. It took me ages to get in to the story then it felt like the ending was really rushed.
I didn't like the main character and I didn't think the self harm element of the book was necessary.
I have listened to several Gillian Flynn books however nothing lives up to gone girl. I may not return to Gillian Flynn after this book.
Anyone would have been better!! I hated this narrator. She made the main character sound as though she was in her 60's rather than her 30's It made it really hard to picture and connect to the main character.
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