Possibly the most unlikeable protagonist I've ever encountered. I'm not complaining about that though. It was a compelling read, even when the subjectPossibly the most unlikeable protagonist I've ever encountered. I'm not complaining about that though. It was a compelling read, even when the subject (working at the post office) should be pretty boring and mundane. every once in a while there would be this surprise golden sentence shedding some light on emotions of life too. I think I need a break before I read anything else in the series....more
I docked 2 stars because I didn't like the ending. 2 stars worth of not liking the last like 30 pages.
I really loved so much about this book. I was reI docked 2 stars because I didn't like the ending. 2 stars worth of not liking the last like 30 pages.
I really loved so much about this book. I was really into the characters, the plot, the setting. I love the idea (and execution) here of events really being set off from the view from a passing train. I really actually thought- please don't judge me- this might be the next Gone Girl. I loved that book so much. (I no longer think this is the next gone girl BTW.) Most books today, it seems, tell events from at least 2 perspectives, so sometimes that gets old to me, but here I was ok with it because of how things were later revealed to be entangled among the characters.
The main character especially was unlike any other female character I can recall reading, in a good way. Really real, really flawed, really interesting. Angering, but understandably so, as people in our actual lives can be. Someone I do not admire or aspire to be. I like reading that. I think probably we are all less admirable than we seem, if we were honest in our thoughts all the time.
There were a few sentences throughout the book that I liked so much I had to re-read them several times. Insights about marriage and love, obsession, vices, new parenthood, womanhood, sexuality. Things I really identified with, and things most books don't give that kind of voice to. Unpleasant truths.
I don't really go for thrillers usually, but the first like at least half of this book didn't seem like a thriller to me. The whodunnit aspect picked up speed halfway or so through. When it really got thriller-y may have been when I lost enthusiasm. I still wanted to find out what happened, but the end felt tacked on and different from the rest of the book. The person (SOILERS here but I won't name names) who committed the crime- I mean maybe this is a really typical crime genre trope and this is like an homage to that- but the guilty party like, laying it all out and admitting everything and explaining in detail what they did and how and when, with the intention to probably kill those they tell- thumbs down for me. Satisfying as a reader on some level, interesting if it's an homage, but so easy, and simpler than the rest of the book. Personally I really prefer open ends- when you have to imagine the details and you have questions left over.
I'm glad I read it, I really enjoyed almost the entire thing- I was disappointed in the way the characters behaved in the end because it felt like a non thought out novel ending- just generic- and the rest of the book didn't feel that way to me....more
I actually was enjoying this, but it was taking me forever to get through and it's very long. I just wanted to move on to another book. I liked it butI actually was enjoying this, but it was taking me forever to get through and it's very long. I just wanted to move on to another book. I liked it but it must not have been that riveting for me. I feel like a lot of what made it long was unnecessary to the best parts of the story- the parts I really liked. Supernatural stuff. I wanted to just get to that. Dang that sounds so non-intellectual. :( I also pretty much never like a love story that involves two people who just met and act like they need each other desperately. It irritates me. I'm always like -just admit it's the early relationship flutters. But in this case, the story may have unraveled the reasons for that if I had stuck with it....more