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2015 Reading Challenge

For the duration of the year, I’ve participated in Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge. Granted, I did not manage the goal of fifty books and I read fewer books than I did last year (partly because of my major reading slump). However, I still managed to check off a lot of boxes!

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Review: Sharp Objects

Sharp-ObjectsTitle: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Release Date: September 26th 2006
Pages: 254
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery

❝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.❞

I’ve read Flynn’s books in reversed order, starting with Gone Girl and ending with her debut novel, Sharp Objects. The interesting thing is that even though I consider this one distinctly different from the other two, it’s still very dark and gruesome. I wouldn’t have it any other way, truth be told!Continue reading

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Review: Dark Places

Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Release Date: May 5th 2009
Pages: 349
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?❞

No author makes up story lines as twisted and dark as Gillian Flynn does. If it’s possible, Dark Places might be even more gruesome, more nauseating than Gone Girl was. And I love it!

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Review: Gone Girl

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Title: Gone Girl
AuthorGillian Flynn
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: May 24th 2012
Pages: 422
Genre(s)Thriller, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon
❝ 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? ❞
Let me just start of by saying: holy shit, I did not expect that. The plot was interesting to start with, but the narration and mind-blowing plot twist changed Gone Girl from being an average crime novel into an actual masterpiece. As you may well gather from this description, I loved this book.

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