I decided to read this after hating 'Gone Girl' with a vengeance. I thought it wasn't fair to judge an author on only one book, and I have to say this was so much better. However, I still felt as if I needed a shower after reading it..the book is so dark and there are some characters that made my flesh crawl. This writer's books provoke a completely visceral reaction in me, for reasons I can't put my finger on.. But either way I wasn't left unmoved, which is no bad thing..