Why waste hours of your life reading this kind of drivel? Why make a movie based on the hype with a top shelf actress like Reese Witherspoon?....and finally Ms Flynn needed 419 pages to insult her readers? Journal Amy from the start was a dead giveaway that the book was going to suck!
I really did not like this book either. Mostly because it was so implausible. Amy would have made more mistakes, Nick would not have been so ineffectual. His conversion was 98% unbelievable. I ended up sorry that I read this book. PS: Didn't you mean "drivel" Dribble is what basketball players do.
Yes i did mean drivel,thank you. I heard this book discussed on charlie rose then waited for my turn at the library as100 people waiting for it behind me so naturally I was thinking they all knew something i didnt & i forced myself to get through and finish it thinking there might be some sense of insight or light at the end of all the vile and mistrust and what i found to be totally sophmoric thought processes. I dont use the word "hate " often but walked away from this read feeling totally duped and robbed of precious time. ( sorry for the inconsistent penmanship, writing on a tablet. )
I began listening to this as an Audiobook and realized right away that I had waisted my money. Of course, the book is insipid and ridiculous and very badly written, and this is why it's such a sensation. Most people don't read good books. They watch mindless garbage on network TV and read tedious books like this one. It's sad that anyone liked this bucket of bilge.
I really did not like this book. I usually don't review but wanted to add to the negative reviews. Maybe the timing is off for me to read it as the Sandy Hook shootings just occurred and I just do not want to think about anything that is ugly or deranged. This sociopath character is out there somewhere and that makes me sad. Don't waste your time on this book.
I think that this good is a good illustration why we should be cautious. Just because a book is a best seller (hello, Shades of Gray!) doesn't mean that it's well-written or of good quality. I love stories where someone discovers that there is a Huge Secret, but really? Saying this book as about a marriage gone wrong is about like saying that the wife of the BTK killer's marriage 'went wrong.' No, when you find out you are married to a sociopath your whole life has gone wrong.
I just found the entire premise unbelievable. Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I do not believe that Amy would have stayed in that marriage happily, pretending to be normal, if nothing else had happened. Someone like her needs the excitement of punishing someone. I don't believe she would have moved to smaller town and stayed there. She was a ticking time bomb. For me, the book jumped the shark long, long before the end. I can deal with characters who are unlikeable. I can't deal with a storyline that makes no sense and has enormous plot holes.
Why on earth did Nick stay? He could have hidden out, published his side of the story, and made millions. No one, absolutely no one, would have stayed. That was the most improbable part of an extremely improbable storyline.
Okay, I liked the book until half way through when the big "twist" happened. Amy isn't the loving and misunderstood wife, but a sociopath with too much time on her hands. Why would she go to all this trouble of framing Nick? why wouldn't she just do the treasure hunt and then have nick know that she knows about Andie. Get pregnant and win without committing murder and hundred other law breaking moves she made. Why did she think she could live off of 10k? she is a spoiled rich girl who only "worked" cause she was bored. What really grinds my gears is the part when she meets Desi(terrible name.)(and while im on it, why are there so many of parentheses in this book??)at the casino. A man walks up to amy and says she looks like someone. And earlier when she first showed up she was concerned about the cameras. I thought that this was going to be her downfall. That after she claims Desi kidnapped her and she is free. Her and Desi's faces would be on every news program and paper in the country. I thought this man from the casino would realize how he remembered amy from and tell the cops that he saw them at the casino and she didn't look kidnapped or under any danger at all. The cops then would check the tapes at the casino and bam! Amy is nailed! that didn't happen, so what the hell is the point of that guy noticing her?? Oh, and i assumed that since i was reading what seemed to be diaries from Nick and Amy that it was each others take on what happened. Like they both got book deals. So, if Nick deleted his story, who the hell was Nick writing to? Not to mention who was Amy's second diary(the one that was by the real amy.) written to?? I wish i could ask this author these questions. or i wish i could tell her 'thanks for the disappointing ending(jaskass).
I liked the book all the way until the implausible ending. The fake diary, the frame job, even the killing of Desi was OK with me. But the "I'm not going to leave because you are pregnant" ending was so weak!! I was hoping that the father came back and strangled her with his dementia rage.
I'm glad I am not the only one who thought this book was a piece of garbage. Amy and Nick are two sickos who were made for each other, and the writing is like something out of a Harlequin romance novel. I had to put it down after the first part because I was so thoroughly disgusted. I agree with EllEmm totally - just because a book is a best seller doesn't mean it's any good.
This book cheats the reader in one of the most insipid ways a reader can be cheated. Many people loved the twist that Amy is borne out to be a liar and that her whole diary in Part 1 was fake. No! The author got lazy and pulled a fast one on us. The invention of the Amy's diary as a way to purposefully mislead the reader was a sad decision by Mrs. Flynn. In Part 1 of the book we are to assume that Nick is the unreliable narrator and not telling the whole story of his marriage, as through little asides and questions left unanswered, Nick seems to be hiding something in his narrative. Of the two narratives, Nick and Amy's, it's Nick that we are led to believe as the liar. I couldn't find any foreshadowing of Amy's lie, as there should have been. Within one page we find out everything before was a lie. Sure, Flynn spends pages and pages explaining Amy and the diary, but it really was a clumsy effort to disguise a sophomoric writer's trick.
Most negative reviews seem to have a problem with the ending. I found it eventual given the dirty trick that was played on us at the beginning of Part 2 and was ready for any unfair writer manipulations of the reader after that.
I disliked this book for several reasons: 1) Amy was portrayed as infallible with super-human intelligence. No one on the planet could defeat her. 2) The plot made evil win in the end. Had Amy been caught and sent to prison, then the book would have made sense and not be such a downer. 3) The language was offensive, especially listening to the audio version where characters were screaming and/or repeating obscenities over and over. 4) The story had no point to it. It was horrible to think that such a person as Amy existed. But maybe it was supposed to be in the horror genre.
Unlike so many readers who liked this book until the ending, I was ready to give up after about five pages. I found the characters unpleasant and implausible from the beginning. I kept reading only because my daughter recommended it - and we usually like the same books. It only got worse as I slogged through the whole thing. As for the ending, I was just glad to be done with two characters who deserved each other.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have waded through these reviews and been absolutely gobsmacked to read that so many people think it's great writing. It is not. It verges on annoying and I couldn't finish it.