I picked this book up while waiting for "Gone Girl" from the library. It started out positively, and I was enjoying the plot and storyline. I enjoyed...moreI picked this book up while waiting for "Gone Girl" from the library. It started out positively, and I was enjoying the plot and storyline. I enjoyed the jumping back and forth in the timeline to tell the story. However, the story went downhill for me about midway through, when the author veered too much into the 'devil worshiping' territory. It seemed too 'easy' and really wrecked the book for me. It's one thing to include it in the book, but it didn't need to go on and on, chapter after chapter, and in detail. I lost interest and found it boring and myself wanting to get to the next chapter or another character's chapter (mostly Libby). Gillian Flynn is a great writer, and I thought this book had so much potential to be greater than it was. I really enjoyed the character development through out this book-- especially that of Libby. I started out disliking her and finding her really irritating. As the story progresses, she reveals more and more and her true character and humanity start to emerge. What we are left with is a hurt, lonely, shaken, and overwhelmed girl who has been hiding from herself and the world as a means of "coping". I loved seeing her relate to certain characters in the book (Chrissy), and feeling sympathy and empathy for them. She becomes someone you can somewhat relate to (we all struggle with certain things from our past), and I ended up liking her and feeling sorry for her. I liked that every chapter ended up being a different year and/or character's viewpoint. It made it interesting to read, and I looked to seeing each characters story progress and develop. In the end, I felt disappointed with the ultimate direction the novel took. I do like the 'resolution' at the end, and how it was more complicated and complex in terms of typing and implicating more than one character. I did find many parts unrealistic and overdone (especially the reason Libby went into hiding, Ben protecting her, and the drastic measures they take at the end of the book).
I'm looking forward to reading "Gone Girl" and possibly her first book "Sharp Objects", as she is a talented author and they're different stories and plots.(less)
I'm happy to see the Grisham is finally back to form. Reminiscent of his older (better) novels, such as "The Partner", "Pelican Brief", "The Firm" etc...moreI'm happy to see the Grisham is finally back to form. Reminiscent of his older (better) novels, such as "The Partner", "Pelican Brief", "The Firm" etc.
The characters are compelling, as is the story. The modern day references make this book relevant and interesting to read. I was engrossed in the story from beginning to end and the 'twists and turns' throughout the plot were fantastic. This was a great, fun read which I really enjoyed.(less)
I wanted to read this book because I had been told that the character development and writing style of this book are different than standard mysteries...moreI wanted to read this book because I had been told that the character development and writing style of this book are different than standard mysteries. I was looking for a lighter read than my general non-fiction heavy subject type books, and so I decided to give this book a try-- I ended up reading until 4 in the morning and only put it down because I had to wake up and go to work in a few hours. It is much longer than a traditional mystery book, but it never drags or seems redundant. As the story went on I was drawn in enough that I found myself trying to actively figure it out on my own, which is always a sign of a good story. It isn't a "suspense-thriller" in the sense that you are on the edge of your seat, semi-scared, and feeling jumpy-- but the suspense is there by virtue of the story itself, which keeps you guessing and dangling that "who did it/ who is it" carrot right in front of you, but never giving too much away except for adding new information. This is a fun read that is entertaining and keeps you enthralled throughout the story, without muddling up character back-stories or having unnecessary moments that didn't pertain to the book. It had a great balance of plot, interesting characters, and the way the chapters jumped from "crime" back to the detectives lives flowed seamlessly. (less)
I've been reading so many incredible books lately that I haven't really been able to immerse myself into this story as I had hoped. The author has a d...moreI've been reading so many incredible books lately that I haven't really been able to immerse myself into this story as I had hoped. The author has a distinct writing style, and because my mind has been on other books, it has unfortunately been unable to "grab" me as other books have a keep me reading until I'm finished. I know I will love this book when I do put the proper time and energy into reading it. For now I'm putting it on "hold", until I finish "The Orphan Master's Son" (amazing) before I try again.(less)