Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted by Millie L at 7:08 PM 0 comments
December 29, 2012

Hardcover, 419 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Summary from Goodreads:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

My Thoughts:
This book completely blew me away! It was amazing.  The book starts right off with Amy missing.  The story told from both Amy and Nick's perceptive in alternating chapters and you do not know who is telling the truth and who is lying.  The writing was amazing and I was sucked right into the story and found it hard to put this book down.
Ms. Flynn does an excellent job in keeping you guessing what is going on and does not keep the reader in suspense too long.  Once I did find out what was really going on, I was thrown for a loop. It was completely unexpected for me.  I was in shock!  I could not believe it. I do not want to say too much more about the story as I do not want to give anything away.
This was one of the best books I read in 2012.  If you have not read this book, it is a definite must read and I hope you like it as much as I did. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden

Posted by Millie L at 9:33 AM 0 comments
December 8, 2012

Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
Summary from Goodreads:

Romance and Drama to Capture the Heart in This Emotional Tale
The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to him long ago. Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim, a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families.
When important documents go missing from the house, Libby suspects Michael is the culprit. Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers, Libby investigates, only to find more layers of mystery surrounding Michael and his family. Despite their rivalry, Libby finds herself developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past.
As a decision about the house looms in the courts, Libby must weigh the risks of choosing to remain loyal to her family or give her heart to a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain

My Thoughts:

This book starts off with the reader meeting Michael Dobrescu and his family.  I was immediately drawn in the with the first chapter of this book and that is where it ended for me.  For me there was no further mystery or fierce legal battle.  I had a hard time liking Michael or Libby at times.  Libby was at times strong willed and decisive and then other times whiny and uncertain.  I connected with her better when she knew what she wanted and not when she was whiny. Michael was not a character I was emotionally vested in at all.  He was a difficult character to like or even care about for me.
I did like the theme of accepting people for who they are and over coming prejudice.  The writing in this book was good and the story did move along at a good pace and is a fast read.  Overall this was a good book and I would recommend as a good book to read on a rainy day.


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