It’s taken a very long time for me to get around to reading this. I’ve watched the TV show and I found it really gripping and entertaining to watch – so I really wanted to see what the original material was like.
The only problem that I came across, is that it is so easy to compare the book to the show. I found myself wondering where certain characters were, or ending up surprised at plot twists because they were completely different to what I’d watched.
Despite this, I still found myself hooked to the story and just as disgusted with Joe. I think it’s so interesting to have your book narrated by the main character who is a stalker and a murderer, because you are expected to read through his thought process. It was distressing to read his disturbing thoughts about Beck and yet, understand how he got to that conclusion.
Speaking of Beck, she was an awful character – but I suppose that was the point of the story. Joe idolized her to the point where he couldn’t see that she was just a typical girl with flaws and issues from her childhood. It did make the book feel more realistic though, to know that you were reading about raw issues and realistic characters.
The book itself was an enjoyable read, but I didn’t give it more than 3 stars. Perhaps watching the show before ruined the effect of the story for me, when I knew the direction it was going to take.