MINI REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


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Gone Girl
by: Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer.


One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

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 from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. 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?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around

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Sell It In Sixty Seconds

Let’s just say that, when a book is hyped up as much as this one, I get nervous it will fail me.  This one right here, DESERVED the hype, the awards, the rave reviews.  A twist at every corner, a book that will keep you guessing til the very last page.  This is one in which you finish and you just sit there, almost startled, and thinking about it for a while.  There isn’t a book I can remember reading in recent times that kept me wanting to devour it more.  And MIND YOU I have read some five star reads lately! But thrillers are different, they take you to a place where many people’s minds don’t often travel.  I also think anyone who enjoys psychology, especially the psychology that goes into a relationship, will absolutely crave this one.  [ahem, yes, i was a psych major].  Don’t let the reviews scare you away, this is one that you need in your life.  A palette cleanser from contemporary, or romance, or holiday reads.  This author is now on my watch list.  For life.

Quick Comment:  If ever you’ve had a dilemma with how to feel about characters, especially main characters, this is it.  Nick and Amy are each likeable to a point, and hate-able to a point.  You’ll see.

Recommended For:  Thriller readers.  Those needing something different.  Those who love a good mind-fuck. [pardon my french]  Fans of: Lee Child, James Patterson, Harlen Coben
Rating: 5+/5 Yeah.  That’s right.  I rated it ABOVE the maximum.  That’s how invested I am in making you all read this one!
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MINI REVIEW: Tell the Wolves I’m Home; Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell the Wolves I’m Home


In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

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Sell it In Sixty Seconds:
This is Brunt’s debut novel, and needless to say it leaves you yearning for more from June and her story. This whole book is told through the eyes of a shattered young girl, whom is wise beyond her years.  Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a story that will stay with you long after finishing the last page, because the characters truly become your friends.  Brunt delivers angst, pain, love, loss, and tragedy all in one beautifully packaged book.  This is a do not miss.  One worth reading, and definitely worth owning as well. 
Recommend for: Adult fiction fans, contemporary fans, YA contemporary lovers who can stand some tough subject matter 
Rating:  5/5