#bookreviewfri – Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger’s

This week @talesfromaspace reviews Audrey Niffeneger’s latest offering for #bookreviewfri.
I loved ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ so I was ready to gobble up Audrey Niffeneger’s ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’. I admit I find it hard to believe this is by the same author – it must be one of the worst books I have ever read. The characters are two-dimensional, the plot improbable in the extreme and the whole thing is written with such wooden, plodding prose I could take no more and abandoned it two-thirds of the way through; I do not abandon books! It feels more like a first draft than a fully fledged novel. A real disappointment this one, but I will try her again because she has shown her genius elsewhere, I know she can be brilliant, just not with this one sadly.
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#bookreviewfri – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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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Happy reading!

#bookreviewfri – Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

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.

Bitter Greens by Kate Forstyh

You can find Carole at her blog – Carole Scott – where she muses about life, travel and whatever springs to mind.

#bookreviewfri – The Night Rainbow

Looking for something different to read over the weekend? Today’s #bookreviewfri is from @talesfromaspace:

The Night Rainbow by Claire King

Set in a stunning, sun-baked French landscape ‘The Night Rainbow’, by Claire King, is a wonderful debut novel that immerses you in the world of bright, imaginative five-year-old Pea. She’s a character to fall in love with as she navigates her way through the adult world and the profound experiences those around her find almost impossible to confront. With her little sister Margot, Pea takes you on a journey you’ll be sorry to leave. An insightful and beautifully written treat of a book.

The Night Rainbow

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Have you read The Night Rainbow? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or tweet @talesfromaspace or myself, @sarahrajabalee. Don’t forget to use #bookreviewfri.

Happy reading!

Book Review Friday – The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller

Are you looking for a good book to read? I’ve asked some of my book loving friends to share their thoughts on the books that they’ve read. Today’s review is from @OandtheFoxes.

The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
I adore this book. And can’t recommend it strongly enough. It deals with the issues surrounding pain, loss and guilt. But it’s not a book that screams them in your face, more whispers them in your ear; and it’s all the more powerful for it. You’re so gently drawn in to the lives of these people that my memories of this novel and it’s story arch feel genuine and as fact.

I’ve also decided to collect all the reviews in one place so you can see what we’ve been reading. Find them under the Friday Book Review tab.

Do you agree? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us using #bookreviewfri