Posts Tagged With: Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Book Review #199)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 01/11/18

My 55th book this year)

Tragedy strikes the Day Family. Libby Day is only 7 years old when two of her sisters and her mother are brutally murdered by her brother, Ben Day. Libby managed to escape and now 24 years on she is still struggling through life.

She is desperate to make some money and stumbles across a club who are willing to pay her to tell her story, to sell memorabilia, to talk to those who were involved all those years ago. Why? Because many people believe Ben Day is innocent, they want him free. Libby plays along just to get the money but she soon finds evidence that makes her wonder whether what she has believed all her life was actually what happened. Did her brother Ben really destroy her family and her life?

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a violent and disturbing read. Maybe this book got a bit too much for me so I only gave it a 3.5 star. The story itself was great. Well paced and full of information that kept the book moving. Made me want to keep reading, needing to find out what actually happened on that tragic day. Then all the things that actually happened became too much for me. Too disturbing to happen to a real family yet I guess these sort of things can happen to some extent.

Libby was a bore. Ben was perfectly creepy with his “growing up” making sense. I quite enjoyed reading from Ben’s perspective. The ending is very much a shock for me. I don’t know if anyone else can work it out sooner but it was definitely dramatic.

I would read another Gillian Flynn, so that means this is another job well done. I would highly recommend this book if you like disturbing reads about a troubled family. Very much looking forward to my next book by this author.

Written by Ling Lee (01/11/18).

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Book Review #107)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 10/12/16
My 22nd book this year.)

Amy, the stunningly beautiful, intelligent, funny, perfect New Yorker that every girl wants to be. Nick, the handsome all round perfect man. They were made for each other. When their lives entwine, they both realise they have found their lifelong forever.

On the day of their 5th anniversary life is turned upside down for Nick. Amy goes missing. The evidence doesn’t make sense, the clues are cryptic and now the story really begins. Their perfect lives slowly unravel dishonesty, deceit, paranoia, and their love for one another has become unstable.

***SPOILER ALERT***
Wow. This book is well and truly twisted. I kept wanting to find out what happens next but at the same time I felt annoyed with the over the top twists and turns.

I took Nick’s side right from the start even though I had my doubts like the author intended.

I didn’t really engage with any of the characters yet I was still excited to find out what was coming next.

I absolutely hated the ending but it was the most unexpected end to a story like this.

A difficult one to express my views on without ruining the whole story. I would recommend this book only if you have the patience to read the whole thing. If you are a romantic, I guess the book becomes much more appealing.

Nothing amazing. If you can get over the absolutely crazy twists and not think about it too much, this book is worth considering.

Written by Ling Lee.

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