This week @kitzdunphy reviews Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:
Nick Dunne’s beautiful wife Amy disappears on their wedding anniversary and police immediately suspect Nick. A hidden diary comes to light revealing a less than loving husband but he denies it was him. Clues are revealed as a trail of anniversary presents leads Nick closer to the truth…
Gone Girl is more than just a thriller. As more of the two characters are revealed, we meet people who are not heroes, intriguing for their flaws and identifiable by their failures. As the novel takes us back through their relationship, we see the effects of modern life and the failed American dream take its toll on romance and idealised love.
It’s a tale of a toxic marriage told from two unreliable perspectives. As you move further into the story, every possibility and outcome of Amy’s disappearance is suggested but the ending is far more terrifying than anything you’d expect.
I am not a fan of thrillers but I was hooked on this book from the beginning. Gillian Flynn is an accomplished writer in both narrative and character making this an exciting and involving read. If you haven’t got your holiday fiction sorted, get this now.
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For this week’s #bookreviewfri, @carole_m_scott reviews Bitter Greens:
Bitter Greens is the first ‘grown ups’ novel from prolific Australian children’s novelist, Kate Forsyth. It is a beautiful and spellbinding book, telling the story of three different women – a ‘Rapunzel’ locked away in C16th Venice, a scandalous aristocrat in C17th France, banished from court to a nunnery, and the nun who tells her stories to make her exile bearable. Kate’s writing is intoxicating and I found myself transported to the times and places she took me to. I was walking the alleyways of long ago Venice and I was trapped in the toxic but entertaining court of Louis XIV. The powerful, deviant and different women at the heart of the story made a refreshing change from the ‘all too good’ female characters that perpetuate in most literature and in addition, it’s a great page turner. Kate’s prose is gorgeous; it’s colourful, lively, sumptuous. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to get lost in a complete world whenever they pick up a book.
You can find Carole at her blog – Carole Scott – where she muses about life, travel and whatever springs to mind.