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[A] thrilling debut...As much as this is a crime drama, it's also a coming-of-age novel. The plot is high suspense, but it's the strength of the characters-and the strength of Anolik's hypnotic, unfussy prose-that gives the book its lasting force. Wholly absorbing and emotionally rich, this novel dodges Law & Order: Special Victims Unit cliches to deliver something deeply satisfying.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Fascinating, disturbing, mysterious, and at times, downright creepy-Lili Anolik's wonderfully twisted debut novel will intoxicate readers!-- "John Searles, bestselling author of Help for the Haunted"
Great story, great twists, great insights-a brilliant start to a novelist's career. Dark Rooms gallops out of the gate but the ride is so smooth. Words are rose petals in Lili Anolik's hands. What a privilege to get in on the ground floor with this exciting new writer. Already can't wait for what's next!-- "Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Burning Room"
Insightful, complex...Anolik excels in capturing the nonplussed attitudes of teenagers not fully aware of the ramifications of their actions...Anolik's haunting debut is tough to put down and will stay with you for a long time. The author's characters and tone recall Donna Tartt's The Secret History or Kimberly Pauley's Ask Me.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
The bullet that snuffs out the life of sixteen-year-old wild child Nica Baker hits her family like a hollow point, especially psychologically enmeshed big sister Grace, in this suspenseful, sad, and shattering first novel from Vanity Fair contributing editor Anolik...Whether or not you believe in ghosts, Anolik's debut will haunt you.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Lili Anolik is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Her work has also appeared in Harper's, Esquire, Elle, and The Believer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.
Eileen Stevens is a voice-over actress living and working in New York City whose voice can be heard on cartoons, promos, programs for English-language learners, and audiobooks. She has voiced Iris on Pokemon. An Earphones Award-winning narrator, she has also directed and produced audiobooks for over six years.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00KVI9DH2
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (March 3, 2015)
- Publication date : March 3, 2015
- Language: : English
- File size : 832 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062345869
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #669,843 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot kept me guessing, but the ending was ultimately disappointing. I also found most of the characters profoundly unlikable and uninteresting, especially Grace. Grace came off in turns as whiny, apathetic, cold, snotty, and self-loathing. I don't understand why I'm supposed to care about her, other than the fact her sister died. And her choice of partner at the end is just...gross. Sorry. Seriously, Lili Anolik? I'm supposed to be sympathizing with the guy who is not only a rapist, but a rapist imagining the victim's dead sister??? Mmmmkay. Sorry, there's only so much a rapist can use the old, "But I was soooo saaaaaddddd" excuse before it gets ridiculous.
And Nica, the dead sister, isn't exactly sympathetic, either. Most of the characters are written to be shallow, rich, snotty, privileged kids trying to move around in a Bret Easton Ellis novel from 1985 and failing hard. I love how we are supposed to "sympathize" with Grace and Nica somehow because they are slightly lower high-class than the aristocratic high-class students they're friends with. And apparently Damon, who seems to be a regular, middle-class person is framed as being from "the wrong side of the tracks." He lives in a two-story house with his grandmother, graduated from an expensive boarding school, and is on a baseball scholarship to University of Connecticut. Am I supposed to believe that just because he's Latino he's some kind of exotic bad-boy?
Anyway, I read it to the end, but mostly because I just wanted to get it over with. I was really disappointed, as I heard great things and the opening chapter is amazing. I kept waiting for the writing to return to that level, but it never did.
just kept going right to the end. There is something so fresh and revelatory about this book, you think you know where it's going but as I said you will only be surprised. What a ride. Ms Anolik is quite amazing.