Gillian Flynn grows on me more and more each time I read one of her books. The more I read by her, the more I want to read more and the more I like thGillian Flynn grows on me more and more each time I read one of her books. The more I read by her, the more I want to read more and the more I like the books and the characters and the stories. I had a real hard time with Gone Girl. I didn't like any of the characters and I was disgusted by the ways in which the people treated each other and manipulated each other and harmed each other in that particular book. Then I read Sharp Objects and I liked it a little better. I was still disgusted and cold towards the characters, but I was starting to get it- Oh! These are Gillian Flynn characters! They're messed up! They're Haunted! They're disturbed! They're despicable! They're real! When I read my third book by Flynn, Dark Places, I knew what to expect. I knew I wasn't going to like anyone and I wasn't going to relate to any of the characters and that was how it was supposed to be. I actually didn't completely dislike our protagonist in Dark Places. I felt like I could understand a little more about why she acted and felt the way that she did versus the other Flynn characters I have read. Don't get me wrong, I still didn't love her and want to hang out with her IRL, though. Flynn's characters are so unlikable, I think, because they are so real. We all have yucky parts to ourselves that we'd like to and that we try to hide from other people. Nobody's perfect, and that is especially true if you are a character in a Gillian Flynn novel.
This book was a compelling and engaging read. I read it in a few lengthy sessions rather than several short bursts. I think I read it in three sittings of about two hours each. I had a hard time putting it down, and several times I found myself carrying my nook around the house with me as I washed clothes and did dishes, still reading. I had a strong desire with this one to know "whodunit?!" I can usually figure these things out (and did, in fact, with Gone Girl and Sharp Objects), but this one had me stumped until the great reveal. Flynn threw several viable red herrings at us throughout the book, and as soon as I had thought that I'd figured it all out, here comes another herring. The characters in this book were very developed, I thought, with the exception of Ben. I wanted to know more about why he was making the choices that he made and what was compelling him to do the things that he did (or, didn't do). I appreciated the alternating chapters that Flynn gives us in this book. We start out hearing from Libby present day and then the alternating chapters are the perspectives of the mother and Ben on the day of the murders. This slowly builds a picture of the events that led up to the tragedy. This book does a great job of showing how even the most messed up people can come to terms with the mistakes of their past and how those mistakes can and will haunt you for a lifetime, if you let them. Flynn is a very talented writer. She has a sophisticated writing style that flows well from the first page to the very last sentence. She has a way of evoking real physical feelings for me. As I read this book I felt dirty, like I needed 100 showers and that still wouldn't be enough. As I read I felt like I had a layer of grime on me. This book is supposed to be macabre like Flynn's others. Dark Places deals with some real heavy issues like molestation, Satanism, drugs, alcoholism, depression, and animal sacrifices, just to name a few! Overall, I enjoyed Dark Places the most out of the three currently published Gillian Flynn novels. Each book of hers that I read I like a little better than the last. I will definitely read her next work and I eagerly await the film version of this book starting Charlize Theron which I believe is coming out soon! A solid 4 out of 5 stars! ...more
I cannot join the hugely huge group of people who loved this book. I did not love this book. I didn't even like this book (mostly). What I did like abI cannot join the hugely huge group of people who loved this book. I did not love this book. I didn't even like this book (mostly). What I did like about this book was Gillian Flynn's writing style and that is the only thing that allowed me to give this book a 2.5 rating. I cannot for the life of me figure out why there is so much hype surrounding this book! I wish that I could say that people are loving it because of Flynn's way of writing, but I highly doubt that is the reason this book stayed on the NYT Bestsellers List for so long. I am excited to see the movie and how it will be adapted to the screen, especially since a large majority of the book is entries from Amy's diary.
Amy is a spoiled rich girl whose parents made a fortune from writing a series of children's books based on Amy- the Amazing Amy Series. Being raised completely opposite is Amy's husband Nick who is now having to care for his ailing parents (Alzheimer's (dad) and Cancer (mom)). After the couple both loose their jobs they make the decision to leave NYC and move back to Nick's small hometown in Missouri to help care for his parents.
This book is a macabre, psychological suspense thriller that majorly messed with my mind. I found myself feeling disgusted the entire time I read. Gone Girl gave me a sense of urgency as I read it. Though I did not enjoy it overall, I did feel a compulsion to continue reading, and at a quick pace. I had to know what was going on? What will happen next? Why is this happening? I had a very difficult time relating to any of the characters in the book. Adding to that, I also had major trouble cheering for any of the characters. I found myself not caring one way or another what happened to them. The alternating POV chapters between Nick and Amy allows readers to see just how equally disturbing the two individuals truly are. I especially hated the ending, though to avoid spoilers, I won't reveal anything about it other than the fact that I simply abhorred it. Let me reiterate here: Flynn's writing is excellent. Her writing never ebbs its way into cliche or overblown territory like a lot of mystery novels seem to do. Flynn has an amazing gift for blooming her characters into fully rounded, three-dimensional people and the writing flowed very well. Though I really disliked the subject matter of book, I do want to read another of her books since the writing was so exquisite. I would recommend Gone Girl to adult fans of suspense, thrillers, and mind games.
Title: Gone Girl Series: Stand Alone Genre: Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Author: Gillian Flynn Published: 2012 By Broadway Books Awards: Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Suspense/Thriller; GoodReads Choice Award for Best Mystery & Thriller Pages: 422 I Got It: Borrowed from a family member I Read It: July 20 - July 24, 2014 I Rated It: 2.5 Stars
*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I love a book that alternates points of view and this book is tol*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I love a book that alternates points of view and this book is told in alternating points of view from the two main characters. I really enjoy when books have chapters that switch POV's- I feel like it makes the story move faster and I also feel like I can put more faith in the story since both narrators have a larger chance of being honest and believable. I did fell a lot more sympathy for Aiden/Aidan though- he seemed to be a much more developed and rounded character. I hate to say it, but I also felt worse for him since he had lost an arm. I feel like I know so many people who have diabetes, but I don't know anyone who has lost an arm! Being an older reader of YA, I also feel like I had a harder time relating to Kate. Normally, I can relate really well to my YA heroines, but Kate was difficult for me to connect to. I kept looking at her actions and decisions from the responsible, mature adult POV and silently "tsk-tsk-ing" her for being irresponsible. Kate did feel like a real teenager though and this book felt very realistic and true to real life. I liked this story. This was a light but somewhat forgettable read. There was no real action and it can kind of drag for some readers, especially those readers who enjoy fast-paced, action-packed reads. I was very excited for this book because I loved the cover! It immediately jumped out at me and made me excited to read the book. Don't be fooled like I was because the cover really has nothing at all to do with the book. Also, the story is supposed to be about the summer, but it actually takes place during the school year. I was disappointed in this plot point as I love a summer love story. As I was reading it, there were times when I wondered to myself if this really was a YA book as it felt more like an adult fiction book. I would recommend this one to older teens, maybe 16-19 or to any teens who may be recently diagnosed with diabetes (or maybe even one who, for whatever reason, have lost a limb).
I was really excited for this book. Some of my favorite reviewers gave it a standing ovation, the cover is eye-catching and beautiful, I am a sucker I was really excited for this book. Some of my favorite reviewers gave it a standing ovation, the cover is eye-catching and beautiful, I am a sucker for vampire books and I have always wanted to read something by Holly Black so I thought that this would be the perfect place for me to start reading her books. Unfortunately, I found my first Holly Black book to be a great disappointment. I really liked the idea of the story and the plot sounded really interesting and I was excited for a new take on vampires but the story as a whole fell flat for me. The writing style was the first thing that I found that I did not like about this story. The style as a whole was just...really...odd. It felt unbalanced for the entire book and I found myself confused over several scenes and especially confused over how the transformation from a human to a cold person to a vampire really worked. The first chapter started off great, and it really pulled me in. After that first chapter though, the story went nowhere fast. Despite the plot sounding like it was going to be an action-packed thrill ride, there was really very little real action in the whole story. I felt like I spent the whole time I was reading the book waiting for the action to start. The last 100 pages were a chore for me to get through. It took me a lot longer to read this book than I originally anticipated. I just did not feel excited to jump back into the story at all and I got to a point last night where I wasn't sure that I would be able to complete the book. For me to really enjoy a book, I have to care about the characters. In this book I did not care about one. single. character. In fact, I hated them all. They all seemed really one dimensional. Not only did I not care if they lived or died, but I actually was hoping for one or two of the "good guys" to bite it, just to give a little oomph to the story! There was a sudden love element to the book that, to me, seemed to come out of nowhere and I totally didn't buy it. The relationship felt forced, almost as if Black had to add it to the story once the book was over. Oops, I forgot that teenagers have to have a love story in every single book that they read, let me quick add a crappy one that no one believes. I have heard that yes, there will be a sequel and I have also heard that no, it is a stand-alone book. I can see where there would be room for a sequel, but if there is, I honestly don't think that I will read it. I would like to read something else by Holly Black though since I do hear great things about her. She will be at Yallfest (NEXT WEEKEND!!!!) so I am going to take my copy and hope to get it signed. I also hope to pick up some of her other works while there and I have high hopes that those books will be a better fit for me. ...more
An unbelievable romance develops between two even more unbelievable sixteen year olds in NYC at Christmastime. Hipsters run amok. There's also a few GAn unbelievable romance develops between two even more unbelievable sixteen year olds in NYC at Christmastime. Hipsters run amok. There's also a few GLBT characters who are awesome. Also there's a red moleskin notebook.