Jan 012016

I’m enjoying Gillian Flynn’s work, so I’ve been looking forward to reading Gone Girl. It was difficult to make myself wait. I try not to read too many books by the same author in a row unless it’s a series.

I haven’t watched the movie. Sometimes I like seeing what they do to books I’ve read when they turn them into movies and sometimes I just want to throw things at the screen. So, I’m often apprehensive to watch movies based on books I’ve read and enjoyed. I think I’m going to watch this one eventually. I’m interested to see what they did with it.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

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Nov 032015

I really enjoyed Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, so I was excited to start Dark Places. I try not to read the same author back to back unless I’m reading a series, so I waited. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do that again with Gone Girl. I’ve never seen the movie, I’m waiting until I’ve read the book, so at least I don’t know what I’m missing. Right?

So far Dark Places has kept me rapt.

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

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Sep 242015

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

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