Blargh. What a mess of a book. I skimmed through huge parts because the writing was so bad. The tense shifted at random times. The were sections that...moreBlargh. What a mess of a book. I skimmed through huge parts because the writing was so bad. The tense shifted at random times. The were sections that made little sense because it was just rambles without punctuation, save a period here and there. The weirdest parts probably came from Johann and Shelley, though... He clearly has a handle on the English language and grammar in those sections, but the rest is is just ugh. I get that it's supposed to be a narrator, at some points, the narrator even directly addresses the reader, which MAKES NO SENSE!
I was hoping some of the issues I had had with the Netflix series would be resolved by reading the book, however, the faults from the show were even more pronounced in the book. The weird, almost-British wannabe feeling in the beginning was present in both. The complete lack of explanation for anything was also there. I still don't know what Olivia and Roman are supposed to be. The weird rushed ending with a WHOLE BUNCH OF STUFF ALL HAPPENING IN ABOUT 60 PAGES was the same as the show. (less)
I started this book on a whim and it took a while for me to get into, luckily, we picked it for May's ONTD read, so that...more**spoiler alert** *spoilerish*
I started this book on a whim and it took a while for me to get into, luckily, we picked it for May's ONTD read, so that made me get back into it. I think the combination of the murders and Libby's seeming apathy made it difficult to read it for more than a few chapters at time. (I had a similar problem with Gone Girl, especially Amy's chapters.)
The shifting from time stream and person was a bit dizzying at first, but it was one of the things that kept me going. I was also really hesitant to believe most of what Libby, or anyone else, said or thought. Libby doesn't even trust her own memories after 25 years and couching/coaxing from lawyers, etc. Her sheer desperateness is all over the place in the first half of the book, once she makes a few choices and starts thinking, she really changes.
Most of the characters in the book were pretty depressing, and there are some really poor decisions made on the day of the murders. It was kind of like watching a car crash in slow motion, because you knew from the beginning that everyone died at a certain time, and as the book counted down to that time, I just got more anxious. (Exactly the point!)
Runner was probably the most cringe-worthy, other than Diondra. Runner Day reminded me, in a lot of not fantastic ways, of my own father. Getting more insight about him made me empathize with Libby and Ben and really helped humanize both. Until their interactions with their father, both were pretty shady characters for me. I guess it only took someone more shady than both of them, although Ben really lost my regard after the cow bit. That was brutal. By the end of the book, I was still on the fence about Ben. He's an odd one to figure out.
Oh, Diondra. You vile bitch. I hated every second she was on the page. She was disgusting from the beginning and didn't surprise me in the end. She's a nut job who really doesn't like to house train her dogs.
It was a totally fucked up book, and by the end, I really loved it. I am putting this on my Will Read Again shelf. (less)
Fluffy murder drama with some bad metaphors. Not a bad book, but not great. Amusing and entertaining, exactly what it's meant to be. I didn't remember...moreFluffy murder drama with some bad metaphors. Not a bad book, but not great. Amusing and entertaining, exactly what it's meant to be. I didn't remember the ending of this one.(less)