- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 19 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 5, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0088UT8IO
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I'll be right up front and say the first half of this novel was quite a slog. It moved at a glacial pace, but the subject and plot was interesting enough to keep me plodding along, and new develops popped up often enough that I felt just "okay" about it right til about 50%. Then things hit the fan, and I gotta say, it was pretty exciting to read.
How exciting, you ask? Exciting enough that when I got finished with my workout at 3pm, I looked at TV, my video games, all my chores, and grabbed up my kindle and went to reading. I read for five straight hours, sitting on my bed, like I was a little kid again before video game consoles ever existed, unable to put this book down. That's how exciting it was.
Then the ending hit, and that ending just absolutely sucked. It feels like Flynn was just writing along, and then out of nowhere goes "Yeah, that'll do." Straight mid-thought it felt like to me. Not even a cliffhanger, more like you were watching a movie and then just randomly clicked it off halfway through with no intentions of finishing. It left me totally bewildered and unfulfilled.
Yet here I am giving this book 5 stars, and the reason for that is that 50% to 99% of the book that kept me so enthralled that I just couldn't put it down. I haven't read a book like that since A Clash of Kings, and if I'm not going to give a 5 star rating to a book that makes me read for 5 hours straight, then my standards are all jacked up.
So yeah, in short, first half was so-so, ending sucked, but that last half is gripping and such a ride that it makes it all worth it. I think I'll try another thriller.
We're supposed to like Nick, I guess, but he's just a misogynistic adulterer who wants everybody to love him, especially women, and I found myself disliking him immensely. I think we're supposed to stand back in awe at Amy's Amazing Feat of One Year Planning Her Disappearance and Fake Death, but I found myself disliking her so much, not just the Diary Amy that she claims to have invented, but the Real Amy, who's so incredibly stupid that she ends of getting herself held hostage by the former boyfriend. The poor cops are just morons who stumble around playing Good Cop Bad Cop and being manipulated by Nick and Amy both, but especially by Amy after she returns. I disliked both of these protagonists, and didn't believe any human being on the planet could possibly be so clever as to think of absolutely everything that police and reporters and lawyers might think when investigating a case like this. I read it for the story to see how it turned out, but it ended up being too clever for its own good, which made it convoluted and unbelievable.
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