Saturday, 19 January 2013

Book Review - `Gone Girl` by Gillian Flynn

Archie braves the snow

I have just finished reading `Gone Girl` by Gillian Flynn which I was given along with a few other books at the recent National Book Awards in London. I haven`t read either of Flynns previous books so I was looking forward to reading this thriller.

After a few chapters you begin to hate Nick Dunne who is cheating on his wife and lounging in a bar bought with her money.  Amy his wife has gone missing and signs of struggle at her home lead police to believe she may be dead. They build their case slowly around Nick who is the only suspect. Amy`s parents have cashed in on Amy since she was born writing successful books about every stage of her life. When sales drop they drain money from her trust fund. 

Then the plot twists and the spotlight falls on Amy herself who far from being a victim is after revenge. Amy has plotted her own crime scene for over a year, the time Nick has been cheating with the young Andre.

The web is further complicated by past friends of Amy`s, Go Nicks twin and Andre herself. Into the mix comes the ruthless lawyer Tanner and some long ago frozen sperm.

The book has you baffled as you try to guess the end surely a good thing in a crime thriller.  I liked the book it is worth a read.

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Review - `Lone Wolf `by Jodie Picoult


 Time to make a New Year resolution to review the books I read, can`t believe I haven`t posted on this blog since Halloween! Archie will be my mascot this year he is my sons dog and is a real character. I will include a photo of him each time I post on the blog.

I will start with `Lone Wolf `
by Jodie Picoult

`Lone Wolf `tells the story of a self taught wolf expert who by his adventurous life has split his family apart.  The cast include a remarried ex-wife, a son who ran at 18 to a life abroad and a tomboy daughter who lives with him.

As he fights for his life after a car crash his family battle with the doctors advice to turn off the systems breathing for him. The  family pull each other apart over what to do and who has the right to make the decision. Brother and sister battle each other in court as the wolves in the santurary howl for their friend.

You will need to read the book to find out the ending as I really don`t like reviews that tell you the whole story.

Jodie Picoults trade mark writing of family battles and hard decisions once again weave into an excellent story. She is a master of family dramas.

books books books!