Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Published: Phoenix, 2006
It’s been a while… but Camille Preaker has finally gone home.
Sent to investigate the disappearance of two little girls Camille finds herself reluctantly installed in the family mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and a precocious thirteen-year-old half-sister she barely knows. Haunted by a family tragedy, troubled by the disquieting grip her young sister has on the town, Camille struggles with a familiar need to be accepted.
But as clues turn into dead ends Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims and releases: she will have to unravel the puzzle of her own past if she’s to survive this homecoming.
This one was written pre-Gone Girl, and I have to say, Flynn does not disappoint. Camille has returned to Wind Gap as a journalist, to write about the disappearance and murder of a little girl – reminiscent of what happened to her sister. This brings up many bad memories, that Camille has worked years to get over. She is covered in scars from self harm, that begin to burn and itch more the longer she is home.
Now, I have to say if you have history with self harm or family related issues, this may not be the book for you. It’s quite dark and touches on issues that are not altogether healthy.
I, however, found it hard to put down, intriguing and kinda like a car crash – just too hard to look away. I had to know what happens next. As with Gone Girl, there’s a few red herrings thrown in there, and I didn’t pick the outcome definitively. For me it was one of numerous possibilities, but still threw me at the end. Flynn’s mind is just bananas. I have no idea where she comes up with this stuff. But still. Very well written, inescapable, Maybe I’m disturbed, but I enjoyed it!
If you enjoy a touch of the creepy? This goes beyond a touch. Way beyond.
Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Random House; Vintage Books, 2011
The circus arrives without warning
No announcements precede it…
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not
This circus is amazing, surprising, magical, and a giant show developed as a competition between two magicians. Well, two magicians who aren’t aware they’re in competition. It’s brilliant. Erin Morgenstern has come up with an original idea that draws you into the atmosphere, trickery and amazement of Le Cirque Des Reves. I love the black and white with a touch of red theme of the circus, and the Reveurs who follow the circus around the globe. I felt it gave the circus a sense of the unexplained, the untouchable, the… inclusive to those only who come across it and join in.
I loved the magical element to this book, along with the mystery of the competition smouldering along in the background – IE it’s not mentioned or referred to often, but comes into play only when necessary. I felt included into the inner circle, and privy to the inner workings of this both exclusive and elusive adventure.
Now, I’ve never spent a lot of time reading fantasy, though I have been reading more of it of late. I love how seamlessly Morgenstern weaves the magical into the everyday. The Night Circus is well written, and I found myself lost within the circus. I didn’t want to stop reading! In fact, I think this is a book I’ll probably reread again soon. Loved it.
If you like to indulge in a sense of the magical, with a hint of drama? Totally!
This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.
So I’ve been in a little bit of a blogging slump, which surprises me as I’ve started studying again. Usually when I start studying my procrastination increases, so… Anyway, homework has increased, we have accreditation coming up at work, so I’ve just been exhausted by the time I get home, and I didn’t want to push myself to do blog posts and get resentful of it, so I just took some time away. But I think I’m back; got one more assignment to procrastinate for!
- The Freudian Slip by Marion von Alderstein
- Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell
- Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood
- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
- The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
So fell off track a little these two months – that’s what happens when I commit to a 1000 page book, good as it is it takes me a little while to progress!
Goodreads Challenge Update – 83/100
- Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
- The Originals by Cat Patrick
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
BOOK CLUB READ
- November – Zigzag Street by Nick Earls
How was your month?