Monday, February 27th 2017

Sharp Objects

Sharp ObjectsSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 254
Goodreads
four-stars

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.

This book made me physically ill. I loved it. I did like Dark Places just a bit more as I was more into the whole “satanic panic” theme, but this book actually gave me stomach aches at times. And I honestly cannot think of another book that has done that to me. At times I found the main character’s choices to be a little frustrating. I felt like I would have gone about doing things a little differently. But when I got the end, I understood why she did what she did. I rated it 4 stars only because there were a few parts where I felt the pacing was off. The story would speed way up and feel very fast-paced and I felt like I had to finish it. But then all of the sudden it would slow way, way down and I almost got bored. I am glad I pulled through, but I felt like the pacing could have been a little better.

Overall I really enjoyed this one (when it wasn’t making me ill). And this was the last Gillian Flynn book that I had not yet read. So now I am all caught up with what she has published!

four-stars

Sunday, January 29th 2017

Dark Places

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn
Published by Shaye Areheart Books on May 5th 2009
Pages: 349
Goodreads
five-stars

From The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of Gone Girl
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 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.

This book is fucked up. That was the exact sentence I said to my roommate once I finished the book. It was so fucked up. But oh so good. I have recently become obsessed with the My Favorite Murder podcast. If you don’t know what that is, shame on you. After listening to 36 episodes of that podcast and then reading this book…damn. I know the book is fiction, but I can completely see this happening.

This book is horrifying but I could not stop turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

five-stars

Friday, January 27th 2017

The Grownup

The GrownupThe Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Published by Crown on November 3rd 2015
Pages: 64
Goodreads
five-stars

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan's teenage stepson, doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

I am not going to say much about this book because it is so short. What I will say is that this book may be tiny, but it packs a hell of a creepy punch.

five-stars

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