I found myself without an audiobook in my car and thought back to all the hype about this book and the movie, and figured I'd give it a shot. It's notI found myself without an audiobook in my car and thought back to all the hype about this book and the movie, and figured I'd give it a shot. It's not my typical kind of story, but why not, eh?
The story starts with the disappearance of Amy Dunne, wife of Nick Dunne, on their 5th wedding anniversary. The story is told, in turn, by Nick in the present, and Amy's diary entries. As the investigation into her disappearance continues, Nick starts looking more and more guilty. However, something just isn't adding up. You can't quite say what it is, you start to develop 20 different theories about what's really going on and then--you find out what's REALLY going on and the story gets turned on its head.
I read some of the other reviews and found that a lot of people found the first part of the story, the investigation into the disappearance, very slow and boring. I listened to this as an audiobook in my car, and I think the way the story was arranged, the back-and-forth between Nick and Amy, really lent itself well to an audio format. I'm actually not sure if I would have enjoyed the book quite as much as a traditional read. So, for those having trouble getting into this book--try it as an audiobook. The narrators do a great job!
While I was able to guess the first major twist eventually, it didn't take away from the shock of finding out that one of my theories turned out to be right (lol!). I didn't find it to be too predictable or anything (but then again, I don't read books like this often, so I'm not used to what to expect). I found the story captivating, to be honest. I felt very invested in the outcome of the characters and the direction the story was taking. While the ending is pretty devastating, it's not exactly far-fetched since that's how many psychologically abusive relationships end up (not specifically, but generally).
I think the most remarkable thing about the book, for me, is that while this wasn't a happy book, it didn't leave me feeling icky, and that's a difficult thing for a book like this to avoid. I felt it was well paced, and I felt kept on my toes so much, so well, that the "ick" didn't have time to sink in for me. It was rough for sure, but I don't regret it, if that makes any sense.
It was shorter than I would have liked and could have used some more umph (this is Houdini we're talking about!), but it wasn't bad. I definitely likeIt was shorter than I would have liked and could have used some more umph (this is Houdini we're talking about!), but it wasn't bad. I definitely liked the clean artwork, and the story was relatively sweet....more
I'm kind of disappointed that this book has so many negative reviews for this anthology because I really enjoyed it.
I work in a library and as everybI'm kind of disappointed that this book has so many negative reviews for this anthology because I really enjoyed it.
I work in a library and as everybody knows who has ever worked in a library, you come across a lot of found objects (mostly because people forget to check the books they're returning for their book markers); playing cards, bills, odd, rambling letters, and on occasion a postcard. That's kind of why I liked this book so much--it reminds me of my shelving days and finding things in the stacks or in recently returned books.
I also love the idea of inventing a story to go along with a postcard. Postcards are pretty small so there's never really much of a message as far as length is concerned. Content is another story. These authors and illustrators really proved that a lot can be read into a small message.
I truly loved about half of the book and the other half I liked. I can honestly say there weren't any stories in this anthology that I didn't enjoy to some extent.
Seriously folks, if you want to read a book, just read it--don't let bad reviews scare you away. You might miss out on some real gems!