Two dark books with two similar and intriguing protagonists. Both page turners. Both great. I could not put them down! As always, reviews are spoiler free.
Have a great rest of the summer!
PS: Currently reading: Truly, Madly, Guilty. Would love to hear what you’re reading!
1. Dark Places.
If You’re Looking For: Fiction, suspense, thrillers, page turners
My Review: I swore I’d never read another Gillian Flynn novel after Sharp Objects, but like a moth to a flame–I can’t quite give her up. Like her other novels, this book is dark, gritty, and sometimes hard to read. It’s also complex, well developed, and gripping. According to the acknowledgements, Flynn did extensive research before writing this book, and it shows. The writing is assured, well paced, detailed and full of deep emotion. If you’re okay reading about dark things in dark places, I fully recommend this mystery and another look at the disturbing but incredible mental workings inside Gillian Flynn’s brain. I could not put it down.
Their Review: “Flynn fully inhabits Libby—a damaged woman whose world has resided entirely in her own head for the majority of her life and who is prone to dark metaphors: ‘Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.’ Half the fun of DARK PLACES is Libby’s swampy psychology, which Flynn leads us through without the benefit of hip waders.”
—Time Out Chicago
Quote: I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.
If You’re Looking For: Fiction, suspense, page turners
My Review: Unsettling. Lovely. Gripping. This is a story about two sisters surviving on the run after the death of their mother. Very easy to read and full of suspense and intrigue. A great book to pick up for a long plane ride or vacation when you have a lot of time to binge read into the night. There is sadness and a certain heaviness throughout, but it is also charming and beautiful. I could not put it down.
Their Review: “The Sisters Chase is a deliciously compulsive read, a miniature mystery of love, survival, and sisterhood written on the scale of the human heart. Deceptively simple, gracefully realized, and occasionally wicked, it lingers like a summer dream after the last page is turned.” —Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone
Quote: The onslaught of the truths would be like relentless waves, knocking and knocking and knocking her down the moment she found her feet to stand back up.