Gone Girl

Gone Girl

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Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Published: Phoenix, Orion Books, 2012

BACK COVER

Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

MY THOUGHTS

WHOA. Holy crap. This was… hmm. I read quite a few blogs and reviews of this before I got to read it, and by the time I got to it I was a little apprehensive. I wanted to read it, but was nervous, because everyone LOVED it. EVERYONE loved it. So I had high expectations. Which were exceeded beyond I could imagine. This book is AMAZING. Creepy and quite unsettling, but amazing. If you can hack a visit to the dark side, please read this book. It is brilliant.

It’s taken me a little while to write this review, as I didn’t really know what to say. Or how to say it, especially without giving too much away.

The book is really well written. In alternating chapters, we hear from Nick, living through the police investigation with him, and at the same time we also get to read Amy’s diary from the last 5+ years, and learn more about their life. Little by little we get to know both of them. You think you know what’s going on, and then, BOOM. B-double truck comes screaming at you from the left side. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so without saying too much, be prepared for more than one twist. And an ending that may not sit well with some people. But I liked it – it was unexpected. And made me a little queasy.

Everyone in book club loved this one. All of us flew through it. We had read a few in a row that we’d all found a bit ‘meh’, disliked, or not finished. At our last meeting, I was about halfway through “Gone Girl” and was loving it. Kinda-sorta-maybe itching to go home so I could finish it off.  So to guarantee an interesting read, the others decided to adopt it for our next one. Yay for that! No one picked the plot twists, and none of even considered the ending. Winner!

Final Thought: Gillian Flynn has a very dark and twisted mind. Do yourself a favour and read this book.

 

Next Book Club book: The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Too Much Choice!

How do you choose your next read?

When I finish a book there are many feelings. Satisfaction of completion. Sad that it’s finished (or occasionally relief that it’s over…) Inner turmoil, confusion, bewilderment, knowledge that this one isn’t going to leave me for a long time – Gone Girl* I’m looking at you. Abstract wondering about what happens next for the characters. Heart pumping – Jamie Fraser anyone? Conflicting opinions galore. Excitement to start the next book. But how do you decide what comes next?

This is a serious question!! Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved trawling book shops, and now, online too. But because of this, I always want to read ALL THE BOOKS. And thus, my TBR pile became a shelf on my bookcase, then a box easy to grab under the bed, and now a small bookcase all of it’s own in my room. They have to be kept separate from my already-read books you see, as even though I don’t often loan my books, I NEVER loan those I’ve yet to read myself. NB: If I loan you a book, you’re a very special and trusted person!! Especially if it’s a favourite of mine. But I digress.

To the point – how do you decide what to read? I finish a book, and I’m all excited like, coz I can get to the next one, it’ll be all excellent, and amazing, and I’ll love it and read it in days. It’s The Fault In Our Stars. Or Just One Day. Or the next installment in the Outlander series. Or another Jojo Moyes. Or crime! Kathy Reichs. James Patterson. But I should read another Jane Austen. But maybe I’ll start Anna Karenina. Or Possession. Oooh, Valley of the Dolls, I really should get to that soon. But Kate Morton. And Joshilyn Jackson. And Dark Places! And everyone is raving about… And so, my head hurts. You see how it goes. I have no idea which book it will be because I want to read ALL OF THEM. NOW.

This is how I feel trying to choose my next read

HELP ME. Tell me how to choose!

*Review to come

The Language of Flowers

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Title: The Language of Flowers

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Published: Pan Macmillan, 2011, Picador

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I used the same flowers again and again: a bouquet of marigold, grief; a bucket of thistle, misanthropy; a pinch of dried basil, hatred. Only occasionally did my communication vary.

I placed a rhododendron on the plywood counter. The cluster of purple blossoms was not yet open and the buds pointed in his direction, tightly coiled and toxic. Beware.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey what words could not, from declarations of admiration to confessions of betrayal. For Victoria Jones, alone after a childhood in foster care, it is her way of expressing a legacy of grief and guilt. Believing she is damaged beyond hope, she trusts nobody, connecting with the world only through message-laden bouquets.

But when a mysterious man at the flower market responds in kind, Victoria is caught between fascinations and fear, and must decide whether she can open herself to the possibilities of happiness… and forgiveness.

MY THOUGHTS

After bouncing around foster homes and group homes her entire life, Victoria turns eighteen and is finally on her own. The book is written between the present where Victoria is eighteen and trying to make a life for herself, and the past where we go back to Victoria living in a foster home with Elizabeth, her foster mother who taught her all about flowers and their meanings. This is something that has stuck with Victoria, and she finds work at a florist, through which she comes across someone from her past. This makes her confront some things she probably hasn’t dealt with particularly well.

Over the course of the book we watch Victoria grow, learn how to build relationships, and integrate her history – and knowledge of the meanings and powers of flowers – into her new life. After she meets and gets to know Grant, she comes to learn more about what happened at Elizabeth’s. We watch her learn more about flowers, that they can have multiple meanings, and she begins to apply this to her life.

I loved that Victoria was trying to deal with her own stuff at the same time as she was using her talent to help others through flowers and their meanings. It gave me more dimensions to her and helped to break down the hard shell of protection Victoria was putting up. I really liked this book, it is well written and easy to read. As I watched Victoria grow I was rooting for her, I wanted her to win. This is a sweet book dealing with forgiveness and hope. Definitely recommend!

June Wrap Up

This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.

Oh my gosh June is over. The year is officially half gone – how crazy is that??? June was – unsurprisingly – another busy month for me. Hopefully work should settle down now, the first half of the year is usually the busiest. I looked back at my stack of books that I’d read, and realised that though I didn’t feel like I got time to read anything much this month, it was my most productive of the year. I got through 10 books. Wow! Hopefully I’ll be able to back it up again in July… 😉

 

READ

  • Death Before Wicket by Kerry Greenwood
  • Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
  • Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues by Trisha Ashley
  • The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Finding Mr. Flood by Ciara Geraghty
  • Midnight Under the Mistletoe by Sara Orwig
  • Becoming Dante by Day Leclare
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • The Storyteller’s Daughter by Maria Goodin
  • Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio

Goodreads Challenge Update – 42/100

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Cold Case by Faye Kellerman
  • Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes
  • From Notting Hill with Love… Actually by Ali McNamara

 

BOOK CLUB READ

  • July/August – The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

 

How was your June?