I really didn't know what to expect from this book, and I don't remember anything about reading the author's first book.
The reading experience was quite engrossing and exciting. Despite the length, it didn't take long to get through. I had impressions of David Lynch, House of Leaves, and some random horror films, Argento maybe (I'm not a horror film fan), and a bit of Bombay Ice as I read. At times I was genuinely unnerved, if not spooked, even though the things that scared me weren't exactly scary. (I don't know if that makes sense.) (I've gotten kind of a thin skin since having children.)
WARNING: don't read this at night if you're easily disturbed or a little scared of the dark. WARNING: even if you are, you might read this at night anyway, because it has that kind of compulsive effect.
I wasn't entirely satisfied with the ending, or the way some story threads were only sort of tied up, but I'll live. I can't say I love this book or that I'll read it again. But I did enjoy reading it. However, I did not care for the italics. I'm all for emphasis, but there were so many it felt unnecessary. Reading the prologue, I was frequently jarred by the italics. It wasn't just words emphasized in speech, but random thoughts and asides that sometimes had no business being there. Thankfully, the italics got less annoying as the story went on, but every now and then one would pop out at me. Every single character with dialogue had italicized speech at some point. It was just . . . annoying. Through and through.
There's the option to be all interactive and continue delving into the Night Film universe, but I find I'm not interested. So, those are my thoughts. Time to move on to another book!(less)
3.5. I didn't end up enjoying this book quite as much as Flynn's previous two. I think I was mostly disappointed in the conclusion, even though it was...more3.5. I didn't end up enjoying this book quite as much as Flynn's previous two. I think I was mostly disappointed in the conclusion, even though it was brilliant in a way. But I love the way she paces a story, meting out a little at a time, and the quality of her writing. She is still one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to read more by her.(less)
The only reason I read this was because David Boreanez was in the movie and I liked the ending in the movie (even though the rest of it was pretty bad...moreThe only reason I read this was because David Boreanez was in the movie and I liked the ending in the movie (even though the rest of it was pretty bad).
I might have enjoyed this more without the unnecessary viewpoints (which, apparently, were supposed to add suspense but didn't), the awkward dialogue, and the annoyingly perfect life of the "heroine". Anyway, like the movie, most of this book was pretty bad.
How have I not read more books like this? It was dark, juicy, disturbing and completely fucked up. I think I liked Sharp Objects even better than Dark...moreHow have I not read more books like this? It was dark, juicy, disturbing and completely fucked up. I think I liked Sharp Objects even better than Dark Places, which I read first. Gillian Flynn truly has a gift for characterization and setting. I lived in Missouri for a year and although I didn't live where she's written about, I could still picture it perfectly and think, "Yep, that's Missouri all right." I think I'll keep an eye out for Flynn's future books, just in case I want to be thoroughly creeped out and disturbed.(less)
I thought this book was really great. The writing was excellent, very tight. The characters were well-drawn, sympathetic without being entirely likabl...moreI thought this book was really great. The writing was excellent, very tight. The characters were well-drawn, sympathetic without being entirely likable. I liked that there was not one beautiful person to be found in this book. They were portrayed so brutally in their actions and looks, which I found rather refreshing. The pacing was probably the best I've ever read. There story never lulled, yet the reader was still kept in suspense as the plot unfolded. I would, however, hesitate to recommend this to my friends, since the descriptions regarding the murder were so completely horrid and terrifying. Most of the book isn't totally vile, but if you are easily disturbed or grossed-out, I would probably pass this one up.(less)