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I don't know what it is about Ruth Ware novels. This is the second one I've listened to, and I find that, even though they can drag on quite a bit, they still keep me listening. One thing really bothered me about this novel though, it's something that should have gotten more attention from the characters but didn't at all, like whatsoever. That genuinely annoyed me because if it was something I found out about myself, I would be freaking out. Nevertheless, this was a pretty good novel, not as good as The Turn of a Key though.
Worth a listen
This was actually pretty good. It definitely drags on in some places because King loves to set atmosphere, which is fine, it just gets a little boring. I absolutely love the Shining movie and figured I had to give this a whirl just to compare the two and find out what I didn't totally understand in the movie *cough cough dog suit man cough cough*. I enjoyed finding similarities and finding out what Kubrick left out and put in. Honestly the movie and the book tell very different stories. The book is very supernatural and I find the movie to be more about severe cabin fever with some ghosts. Both good.
The performance was awesome. I feel like if I read the book myself I would have been lost the whole time, but Campbell differentiated the characters extremely well.
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DO NOT WASTE A CREDIT
I don’t even know where to begin with this story. The narration? Let’s just say you shouldn’t get authors to narrate their own story. And the story itself is brutal. Full of unlikeable characters who constantly make incomprehensible, stupid decisions. Extremely predictable. I couldn’t even finish it, gonna try to return it.
Very dark.. I liked it
This story made me really sad, and feel kinda gross to be honest. I’ve never experienced anything like that from a book before, so kudos to the author for making a good story that could bring out some emotion. It had its fair amount of slow bits, but the story was so intriguing that I kept listening. Wasn’t much of a twist in my opinion, I don’t know if there was supposed to be one though. I just finished listening about an hour ago, and I can’t shake the sad, sick feeling it gave me, but nevertheless, I enjoyed it and would recommend.
Kudos to the author for actually getting me to finish this
This just wasn’t good. I wanted to like it so much, which is probably why I listened to the very end; it wasn’t worth it though. The ending both came out of nowhere and could be seen for miles. One twist was revealed way too early and wasn’t discounted well enough to push aside, and the other just came out of nowhere and made absolutely no sense. Besides one line, there was no tie and it made no sense. It felt like the author was making things up as the ending went on, everything came out of nowhere. However, the performance was phenomenal and was probably the reason I actually finished listening, so kudos to Joanne for the amazing and convincing performance. The rest felt like a 14 year old was writing it, as if it were cheesy fan fiction. Would recommend skipping this one.
You’re missing out if you don’t get this book
I have never been so shocked by a book ending in my life, I finished hours ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it. If you love a good twist, this is the book for you! So well written and well paced, and Jack Hawkins narrating is just amazing. There’s not one thing to dislike about this book. So full of twists and keeps you listening.