I read this book because of the movie based off it, In Dreams. In reality, the book and the movie have literally NOTHING in common besides a psychic w...moreI read this book because of the movie based off it, In Dreams. In reality, the book and the movie have literally NOTHING in common besides a psychic woman. Not the names, not the crimes, not the settings, not ANYTHING. I'd actually known they were different before going in, but I didn't expect the differences to be so vast.
The pacing in this book sucked. The cops were so incompetent it was insane. They started suspecting the killer in the first half of the book but it took them until the last few pages to get him. There was a bunch of boring dialogue that added nothing to the story. I skimmed a lot of it in the last quarter. The killer was the only sympathetic character in the book. His backstory was suitably sick, but it also felt really random.
Okay, now here's why the movie is better. (It's been a while since I've watched it, so bear with me.) Robert Downey Jr. plays a guy named Vivian Thompson who escapes from a mental institution and cross dresses to fool a taxi driver and kills people or something? And he and Annette Bening's character Claire share a psychic connection and it starts to drive her a little crazy.
Some cool stuff in the movie includes an underwater town, a reservoir, an abandoned hotel, and a shit ton of apples.
So there you go. I'm not even sure why the movie bothers to credit this novel. The two are entirely different stories.(less)
I liked Fearscape. I didn't really enjoy Horrorscape—it was kind of disjointed and frustrating, although I did like the "sexy" parts between Gavin and...moreI liked Fearscape. I didn't really enjoy Horrorscape—it was kind of disjointed and frustrating, although I did like the "sexy" parts between Gavin and Val. It added another dimension to their relationship, which was expanded upon in Terrorscape.
I think this is the best of the three novels. It reads more like a traditional thriller than the other two. Val still won't be winning any awards for intelligence, but thankfully she recognized Gavin this time around and wasn't constantly having idiotic debates with herself. But she does turn into an accidental racist at one point. Awkward . . .
I have to wonder . . . why did my brain keep trying to turn this book into something romantic? It wasn't romantic! (And speaking of romantic . . . There were a couple scenes where Gavin had clothes ready for Val, because he was trying to control her. Maybe it was the author's intention, but it reminded me of how guys in YA books are always buying the girls clothes exactly in their size and it's supposed to sweep the girls off their feet or something. Really it's just weird and creepy, like it was in this book. Sizing isn't universal. And I'll pick out my own clothes, thanks.)
One thing I didn't like was the introduction of (view spoiler)[a new villain. Actually, I think it was the villain himself I didn't like. Vance seemed to come out of nowhere and his connection to the second book seemed forced. I don't get how he managed to secretly watch Gavin and learn from him, when Gavin apparently went on a killing spree across the country and eluded the police. Maybe I missed something. Anyway, it was nice having Gavin save Val, but Vance's part was over too quickly. (hide spoiler)]
There were some typos and formatting inconsistencies, but not nearly as many as in Horrorscape, so I overlooked them easily.
The bonus stories at the end were nice. My favorite was the second one, which takes place when Gavin is fifteen. It seems to tie in nicely with the prologue, wherein we get a glimpse of his creepy ass home life. It was like some Flowers in the Attic stuff, only without the attic.
Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable series. (view spoiler)[I don't blame Val for not listening to Lisa in the first book about staying away from Gavin, but damn it, she should have gotten her ass in court and sent the bastard to jail. Thank god she finally—FINALLY—did something right and killed him. Sheesh. (hide spoiler)]
P.S. I don't understand why this book was removed from Amazon. There was adult content in there, as stated in the synopsis, but it wasn't very explicit. I could randomly pick up a romance novel and find more explicit sex scenes. I mean, the author did use the word 'penis,' but that's just anatomy. There are plenty of other indie books listed on Amazon that deal with rape and captivity and are probably way more explicit. Anyway, it just seems really odd.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Whenever I hear people start talking about sports (especially football) or car stuff, I can't help it: I totally zone out. I even zone out when walkin...moreWhenever I hear people start talking about sports (especially football) or car stuff, I can't help it: I totally zone out. I even zone out when walking through the automotive section of Walmart. And Autozone? Forget it. I might as well be in a coma. No. Interest. Whatsoever.
Apparently, the same thing happens to me when faced with action sequences. Guns, shooting, stuff exploding, running, all that stuff. I just blink and skim. I'm not in control. It just happens. I think it happens if I watch action movies, too. I'm not interested in any of those guys from The Expendables doing macho stuff in their various movies with car chases and shootouts and whatever else.
So, it was like that when I read Cloak and Dagger. For me, there was too much action and not enough of anything else. I really wanted the development and payoff of a well-written relationship, but unfortunately that was far in the background of this book.
I don't mind a little action, of course. In a story like this, especially, it's necessary. But this was just non-stop. I have no idea how the characters found time even to BREATHE with all the chasing and running going on. As a result, the book felt SO LONG and nonsensical. I just wanted it all to end, and it never did (well, yes, it did end. But not for a long time).
I might have liked the characters if some of the book was spent developing them more instead of throwing them into all those action scenes. Christina started off great, but then she got lost in the crossfire (heehee). Michael, while he seemed worth his salt as an assassin sometimes, at other times he was so ridiculously incompetent it was baffling. Some of the interactions between these two was interesting, but the good stuff happened much too far toward the end.
I don't think I'd have enjoyed this book more if it had been particularly well-written and free of errors, which it wasn't. This is definitely not my kind of story, and I can't see myself finishing the series.(less)
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)