As I went to mark this book as read and rate it, I discovered the mixed bag of reviews that accompanied it. Fine, not everyone likes the same things.As I went to mark this book as read and rate it, I discovered the mixed bag of reviews that accompanied it. Fine, not everyone likes the same things. But the vitriol and anger and judgement and 'waste' comments... From self-proclaimed bookworms, people passionate about reading, those who love nothing more than to curl up with a book--readers... That just struck my irritation button.
I didn't love this book and I didn't hate it either. But the people who are pissed and feel they wasted their time (and/or mental effort) on a book they didn't like--but then I wonder why spend the time in the first place? If you're not enjoying a book, STOP READING IT! You have no one to blame but yourself for "wasting" time you could be reading something you might actually enjoy.
Not liking the ending, or feeling letdown because there's a cliffhanger, or a character you've grown to adore gets killed, or a couple implodes, or any scenario where the payoff is irritatingly altered from the path the author's put you on, etc. Those are all reasons to feel... a bit put out, shall we say. But honestly, to be bitter or attack someone who loved a book you didn't?! Get over yourself.
We all have different tastes. Can you imagine how boring and bland and dull the world would be if we didn't? If everyone, everywhere thought that Stephen King's genius surpasses John Green's? Or that Agatha Christie is inferior to JK Rowling? Or that James Patterson needs to write more, and Michael Connelly less? Or... You get the idea, I hope. (None of these opinions are mine, just things I have read in a variety of comments over the years, FYI.)
I just think there are enough trolls looking to stir shit up and be idiotic. For those of us engaged in reading and interacting with other readers, we're better than that. So like a book or don't, write a review or not, but at the end of the day, remember: you chose. You went on the author's path willingly and if you followed it all the way to the end, that's on you. If you liked the journey and final destination, so much the better.
No one can waste your reading time but you.
As for this book, I wasn't particularly surprised by any of the twists but found the conceit of multiple untrustworthy narrators intriguing. The layers Hawkins created made the entire book feel more substantial, and that did surprise me. I wanted a thrilling afternoon and got suspense. It worked for me, in a 2.5 maybe 2.75 stars way that left me content with my afternoon.
Will I recommend this book? Sure-to people who enjoyed Gillian Flynn or Tana French or any one of a half dozen other thriller writers. Just because I wasn't surprised, doesn't mean they won't be or that I didn't enjoy the couple hours I spent with this book....more
Really this should be a 3.5. I ended up enjoying this book quite a bit, even though I spent the first 70 pages or so thinking, "I don't like any of thReally this should be a 3.5. I ended up enjoying this book quite a bit, even though I spent the first 70 pages or so thinking, "I don't like any of these people. Well, maybe Ashley's alright, but she probably needs more spunk." But after leaving alone for a day and deciding to give it another 30 pages before calling it quits, I found myself more intrigued the more pages I turned.
As Imogen begins embracing technology in her own way, (evolving, if you will) I found that the air of willful ignorance I'd been repulsed by was really more of an impression than an intrinsic character trait. I began to not only like her but root for her triumph over Eve. Ultimately, a solid way to start my summer reading off right. :)...more
For the people who rated it boring, I don't agree at all. Slow a bit initially, but once things start happening, everything goes and goes fast--hell mFor the people who rated it boring, I don't agree at all. Slow a bit initially, but once things start happening, everything goes and goes fast--hell meets hand basket via a whole lot of crazy.
I enjoyed it the same way you'd enjoy ice cream for dinner--a great deal while you're eating and then later, you feel a bit queasy. If you don't think too hard, there are plenty of elements to like: it's thrilling and suspenseful and creepy and fun.
But there are plot holes, and as a reader, quite a few times where suspending disbelief is problematic. I can see why that would make some people quit.
The end was absolutely a cliffhanger... I'm reserving judgement (except for acknowledging the insanity of it all) until we're done with the roller coaster. ...more