I tried to savor this book as long as I could...but I ended up reading the rest of it today in a big hurry on lunch b/c I just *had* to see what happeI tried to savor this book as long as I could...but I ended up reading the rest of it today in a big hurry on lunch b/c I just *had* to see what happened and goodness knows I couldn't wait until the end of the day!
This book is amazing. It's not for everyone. It's a little slow moving in the beginning but once it gets going, you are in for the long haul. This book really messes with your emotions - you are deliriously happy, frustrated, disgusted, annoyed, full of longing, sad, angry, scared....You are INVESTED in these characters.
It's an amazing story. In fact, i think this is the first time in my adult life that I used the word "epic" and actually meant it. This book is EPIC. Before I was even done, I promptly went to the library and checked out all the books they had by this author. I'm looking forward to reading more of her writing.
I urge you to read this book. I adored it, and I'm sure I can't say anything new that other goodreads members have already added. :)...more
yay i finally picked up a book that wasn't a dud! i feel like i was on a streak of mediocre books - i loved this one! can't wait to start the 2nd one.yay i finally picked up a book that wasn't a dud! i feel like i was on a streak of mediocre books - i loved this one! can't wait to start the 2nd one. :) ...more
this is a really really good read. i picked it up on a whim at the library. the beginning is weird. like REALLY weird & creepy but i promise if yothis is a really really good read. i picked it up on a whim at the library. the beginning is weird. like REALLY weird & creepy but i promise if you read past the first 40 pages it is pretty well worth it. :)
i want to read this one again! i may even go out & buy it. :)...more
I could not put this one down. I read it over the course of this weekend and it just blew me away. I felt that way when I read her other two books, toI could not put this one down. I read it over the course of this weekend and it just blew me away. I felt that way when I read her other two books, too. it’s been a while since I read Sharp Objects or Dark Places but I remember the same feeling when I was done – the disappointment that the ride was over and then the feeling that I’d been mind fucked!!!
The two main characters are Nick & Amy – married, out of work writers transplanted to small town Missouri from New York. Nick’s mom was sick with cancer & his dad has Alzheimer’s so they moved home to help his twin sister (Go) with his parents. Also, they were out of money since Amy gave her parents the remainder of her trust fund money, money earned from a series that is loosely based on her, Amazing Amy.
In the course of the story, you hear from both characters from their own perspective. Amy’s perspective is first shown through her diary & then Nick’s just in normal prose. You don’t know who you are rooting for half the time. they are both equally unlikeable. There are so many twists & turns in the books, and the writing is so good – it’s a very engaging fast paced read. This is the kind of book where I read it and I’m like, this person can WRITE! You really sink into the story.
I was not that surprised at Amy for making up the fake diary and hiding out in the Ozarks to see her husband squirm under national media attention. She’s pretty devious like that. I couldn’t believe the lengths she went to, to make sure Nick was a suspect (the prime suspect, the ONLY suspect). She played on the fact that the media would be all over him like flies to shit and that he would not come off good on camera (just b/c of his personality) She faked a pregnancy which was just over the top if you ask me, but she knew that America could not resist a beautiful missing pregnant woman. Nick meanwhile hires a lawyer known for getting guilty husbands off the case – meet Tanner Bolt. He coaches Nick how to handle the media etc. They are dealing with Amy’s “treasure hunt” which is really Amy’s way of incriminating Nick even further but to everyone else, it looks like a sweet anniversary surprise by a loving doting wife.
It’s looking pretty bleak for Nick there, for a while. but the whole time, you are not sure if he is the one who did it, or not. You know he hates Amy but you’re not sure if he really has it in him to kill her, but then he says things about how he wants to kill her, so then you’re not sure. I mean, nick is definitely a pretty angry guy.
Oh and I forgot to mention he has cheated on Amy with a sweet “Midwestern cliché” type of girl named Andie. This is what spurred Amy to do this more than anything. they were having issues to begin with but I think that is the proverbial straw to break the camels’ back.
For a while, Amy hides out in the Ozarks in a shady little motel with some other shady people, living off some cash she has. She is planning to kill herself when the whole thing plays itself out with Nick but then she decides she doesn’t want to. She gets too friendly with some folks at the motel & they rob her and now she is penniless and on the run. So she calls this guy Desi from her past, someone who she framed for being a creep stalker in the past but has kept in touch with – preying on the fact that Desi is a bit obsessed with her.
He hides her out in his gilded cage (ie, lakehouse) she soon realizes she is little more than a prisoner with Desi and she fakes being raped (she mentions using a liquor bottle on herself??i don’t even want to know) and she binds her own wrists and ankles with twine. Effectively framing him & then kills him. she has framed people in the past too – this seems to be a theme of hers – doling out punishment as she sees fit. She framed Tommy, a past guy she dated who also cheated on her, and made it look like he raped her, and then dropped the charges abruptly but sent him a note to be more careful next time. she framed her friend Hilary by making it seem like Hilary was a crazed obsessed stalker that pushed Amy down the stairs. She of course framed Nick with the blood all over the kitchen that was mopped up (she cut herself) and the “fake” crime scene in the living room. She later claimed that Desi kidnapped her and he is the one responsible for the crime scene in the living room.
oh how could i forget?? the end. i ws not a huge fan of the end. i really wasn't. i could understand why Nick was still with her (he clearly feels trapped!) but i just didn't like the twist with her using his semen to get pregnant and then using that to keep him in place. maybe i just feel bad for their kid? but yeah i wasn't a huge fan of the ending (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** first off, sarah waters is an amazing writer. and her character development and dialogue is phenomenal. i loved the book for that al**spoiler alert** first off, sarah waters is an amazing writer. and her character development and dialogue is phenomenal. i loved the book for that alone, nevermind the very intriguing story of frances & her mother, who are on the verge of going broke, and are forced to take in renters.
silly me, i thought the affair would be between frances & leonard but i liked the frances & lillian version much better!
it was really good. it's not exactly a "fast paced" read but it does keep you going, and somewhere around the middle of the book i really had a hard time putting it down. for a 500 page novel, i read it pretty fast. it's very "readable."
notes about the ending for my own memory. after leonard's accidental murder by lillian (with the ashtray stand during a scuffle between frances, leonard and lillian, after leonard comes home to find out that lillian is purposely terminating a pregnancy) a local troublemaker (william spencer) is accused of his murder. frances & lillian had moved leonard's body to a back alley, with a head wound from the ashtray stand. there is a court and a jury. a neighbor comes up with an alibi for the youth (he was at home bossing his mom around) and he is eventually found not guilty by a jury of his peers. in the end, frances considers jumping off a bridge but then lillian finds her and the novel ends with the two of them together.