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Did anyone else really not like this book?
Jessica Jessica May 15, 2020 10:37AM
I'm hesitant to be judgemental of books that seem to be really popular. I feel like if they're that popular they must have done something right. I was excited to read this before the movie came out but I found that I really struggled to get through it. I found the main character to be repetitive and predictable. I thought the use of alcohol for an unreliable narrative to be overused. I thought the plot was predictable and I just did not enjoy reading it. Did anyone else feel this way or am I just missing something?



You guys are crazy! This was one of my favorite books . I love books about drunks who just can’t get it together and their choices make for such an interesting read .


I loved this book! :)


I can't see a reason to read it. Everyone that I know that likes it has never seen Rear Window and I can't find anything interesting about it.
So it's Rear Window as a book?... Right?...That's it.

Well I'll just go write my debut novel "Girl in the shower" then.


Way too many words There was a story but it was buried under so much nonsense and over done details


Jessica wrote: "I'm hesitant to be judgemental of books that seem to be really popular. I feel like if they're that popular they must have done something right. I was excited to read this before the movie came out..."

Hated it. Hated the main character. I struggled to finish reading this.


Honestly! This book was so meh. I enjoyed the premise so much. I was so excited to read this one, but could not get over how slow/boring the first like 40 chapters were. I get that it was a character build up and we learned more about the backstory of Anna and how she became who she is now but come on. Even the ending did not satisfy me - was it even somewhat foreshadowed that the 'bad guy' was the bad guy? eh, was not for me.


Agreed so out of nowhere (SPOILER BELOW)
“ the quiet one did it” so cliche. Plus portraying a nasty stereotype of adopted kids


I can completely say I felt exactly the same way! the first 100 pages of the book was quite slow paced and and mostly gave you no reason to continue , as it went, there was a sudden change of events which basically established the plot, still I wasn't satisfied with the climax...and yes the protagonist was quite predictable and repetitive which continued to bore the readers


I really enjoyed the book at the start. But I could have told you halfway through what the ending was going to be, it was very obvious but maybe this is due to how many mystery novels I have read. I also read this book right after I read the woman in cabin 10, so of course, this book was going to be a letdown after reading that.


I found this book incredibly hard to get through. Although there were some surprises, I found the main character unlikable and extremely hard to relate to. I also found many of the major plot points to be very predictable, which is pretty problematic for a thriller novel.


I did not like it. I hated how they dragged it out to keep making me hope her daughter survived (I thought it was fairly obvious that would be the twist) also sick of books suggesting adopted children are pyschos


I agree. There was nothing new here. It's just like the Hitchcock movie Rear Window, which happens to be based on a short story.


Right?! The audio version was absolutely terrible.


Jessica wrote: "I'm hesitant to be judgemental of books that seem to be really popular. I feel like if they're that popular they must have done something right. I was excited to read this before the movie came out..."

I did not like this book at all.The last 20 pages were engaging. I don't understand the hype about this book at all!


Have any/all of you read the New Yorker article about the author? not liking it was probably right.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...


I agree 100%. I was expecting so much more out of this book. I will say I was not expecting her family to already be dead but everything else was pretty boring or predictable. The main character was exhausting.


LOL Girl in the Shower.
Yeah, they're all the same.


Jessica wrote: "I'm hesitant to be judgemental of books that seem to be really popular. I feel like if they're that popular they must have done something right. I was excited to read this before the movie came out..."
Yeah, it was very predictable. I also started getting really sad for some reason because the narrator was so depressed and reclusive that I began to pick up those emotions. It was weird. I felt that I already knew what was going to happen midway through the book. I also didn't like how they made this huge deal about her being a recluse, especially during quarantine, and seemed like the plot wasn't all that interesting and dragged on.


not that good, just drug on


I agree, it definitely seemed to drag on and on. The main character was really hard to identify with for me.


Absolutely!


The last part of the book was just so random for me. Like I was expecting some great drama about how the Katie woman was pretending to be Jane Russel or like Alistair secretly had like three wives or something- but no, Alistair was just a good guy (??) and Ethan just decided to randomly stalk Anna (??). Also GrannyLizzie sus af and Anna took SUUUCCHH a long time to catch on. Like hello? she was the only one you told your name to, and the only one you told your family said 'guess who' and she was still like IT MUST HAVE BEEN ME like girl what


Totally agree. The plot was a mashup of movies, such as Rear Window, The Lady Vanishes, etc... Dr. Anna Fox is the worst child shrink EVER. Alcoholics are boring and self-involved. Even the description of her agoraphobia was annoying, with all that “One, Two, Three”, opening of umbrellas and keeping her eyes shut.

As far as readers liking it, never underestimate the fact that most people are easily pleased with cheap thrills. You can propose the same plot in different locations and they won’t notice. Just think about James Bond’s movies: it’s basically the same plot, with different actors and locations 😃

PS One could eve add that the plot is offensive to women, portrayed as weak, stupid, dependant and blinded by love.


Bored fest. Nuff said


I'm so glad it's not just me! I agree with everything you said.


Please don't read this. Just read Saving April instead. https://bookstr.com/article/first-dec... Don't support plagiarism.


no


I agree! It was a total rip off of Rear Window and Girl on a Train.


I could not listen beyond the first disc. It did not capture my attention at all. A total BORE!


Nope. I'm with you.

I never warmed to the main character either. I found her casual misuse of alcohol and meds a convenient excuse for dodging reality. So I never really cared what happened to her in the long run.

I also thought the book over-long, dragging terribly from the mid-point to the end.


I loved it :)


Agreed! I was prepared to love this book as much as I loved Gone Girl, but I just did not... at all. I was thoroughly disappointed. Especially after all the hype this book got from the reviews.


Jessica wrote: "I'm hesitant to be judgemental of books that seem to be really popular. I feel like if they're that popular they must have done something right. I was excited to read this before the movie came out..."
Jessica, I agree with you. It didn't take long for me to figure out what (I thought) was going on. Added to that, I do not like the unreliable narrator genre.


I could not stand this book. AND I absolutely could not handle the audio version.


I found myself getting so irritated at the main character grabbing that merlot to be a cheap and cliche'd way for her to process the gaslighting. I also found the book to be sort of predictable as well. I read the book in one sitting because it just felt like one of those books that you're not hanging on the edge of your seat - just kind of like hurry up and tell me how it ends. Do you know what I mean?


Yes! I feel the same way. I don't understand why it got optioned for a movie. So predictable.


I too wondered how it received such rave reviews because I thought the whole story fell short of being a good read. Most of the reasons have already been said in other reviews.


I enjoyed the last quarter of the book, but that was because that's where everything was revealed. Other than that, I agree that the main character was very unlikable.

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Courtney I agree Ariana!
Oct 10, 2021 07:44PM

I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE!!!!!

I agree with Ariana that the last quarter of the book was good. But the main character was truly unlikeable (I love writing unlikeable protagonists, but this one was just....no redeeming qualities).

My main problem with the book is that it seemed unnecessarily long. So much of it was just....exposition in the middle.

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Courtney I very rarely give a book 1 star. I found it extremely boring and I kept reading because everyone seemed to rave about it.
Oct 10, 2021 07:46PM · flag

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