Book Review – Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Book Review

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Another suspenseful thriller by the author of Gone Girl. Dark Places is the story of Libby Day who confronts her traumatic childhood memories of the murder of her mother and two sisters.  Libby begins her own investigation into the murders, and into the possibility that her brother is innocent of the crime.

Flynn is a great storyteller. She creates interesting and flawed characters that the reader can really connect with. I would recommend, both, Dark Places and Gone Girl.  

“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.”
― Gillian FlynnDark Places

“I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.”
― Gillian FlynnDark Places

“But I was born bent out of shape. I could picture myself coming out of the womb crooked and wrong. It never takes much for me to lose patience. The phrase fuck you may not rest on the tip of my tongue, but it’s near. Midtongue.”
― Gillian FlynnDark Places

 

Book Review – Finding Alice by Melody Carlson

Book Review – Finding Alice by Melody Carlson

Finding Alice is about a young woman attending college that starts to show symptoms of schizophrenia. She quickly learns that of the worst things about being crazy is that you really have no idea that you are crazy.

With the “help” of her family and the exorcisms from her local church, Alice runs away just to feel safe. She spends time living on the streets before she finds a kind woman who offers her a place to stay, which is a turning point for Alice and her “friends” that live inside her brain.

The book is pretty good. It gives the reader a decent insight into mental illness, which is something that we should all try to understand. It does seem to lean toward being a religious story, but with strong opinions against hallelujucination. I may read other books by Melody Carlson, but probably only if I find them in a thrift store. Good to pass the time, but I don’t want to spend full price. 

 

 

 

Book Review – The Missing by Chris Mooney

The Missing

The Missing is a thriller novel written by Chris Mooney and published in 2008. It is fast-paced, as it leads you through a well-traveled storyline – although there is a bit of a twist at the end, it is fairly predictable.

The best part of the book is that it felt like an extended episode of a Criminal Minds and CSI crossover. The worst part of the book is that it felt like an extended episode of a Criminal Minds and CSI crossover.

There was really nothing new in the storyline, but the same old story was told in a gripping manner with likable characters.

If you are into thrillers, then read this one. I tend to like my thrillers with a supernatural twist, but this was a good book, an easy read, and I will probably pick up another Chris Mooney novel in the future.

Book Review – Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In is a vampire novel that was written by John Ajvide Lindqvist, a Swedish author, and was published in 2008. It was later adapted into a movie.

I saw the film before I read the book. And it turns out this was one of those rare occurrences when I actually liked the movie better – and I didn’t even think the movie was that good.

You can tell the book was written in another language and translated to English (translated by Ebba Segerberg). The story was intriguing, but the dialogue was…immature. The conversations left a lot to be desired, and made the characters lack personality.

Admittedly, I read ¾ of the book and just skimmed the last ¼. I’m a loser that should not be writing a book review on it, but here it is anyway.

On a good note, Let the Right One In did have an amazing quote that I will forever remember –
“Real love is to offer your life at the feet of another, and that’s what people today are incapable of.”  – John Ajvide Lindqvist

 

Book Review – The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman

The Fireman, written by Joe Hill and published in 2016, is an excellently told post-apocalyptic story.

The end of us is a virus called Draco Incendia Trychophyton, which causes spontaneous combustion – it is highly contagious – and now the world is burning. But there is a hero to save the day…sort of. Mostly he is just a British asshole that has figured out how to use the Dragon Scale to his advantage.

The story follows Harper Grayson, a lovely and dedicated pregnant nurse, and The Fireman, who saved her from her crazy-ass husband. Thankfully, Harper does more saving, than getting saved – I do love a strong independent woman. The story covers the span of a year, and follows the destruction of humankind -and the world. Joe Hill has created another wonderfully scary story with some very strong characters. I really enjoyed this novel, and will keep picking up Hill’s books as I find them.

 

Book Review – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2


“What a blessed if painful thing, this business of being alive.”
― Joe Hill, NOS4A2


Written by Joe Hill, my new author obsession. He is an amazing storyteller, with a great (creepy) imagination.

NOS4A2 is the story of The Brat, Victoria McQueen, a young girl that has a special talent for being able to find anything that she needs to find – which is all fine and dandy until you find a serial kidnapper that thoroughly believes he is doing good things. After all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions – and so is the road to Christmasland.


“I felt like it needed some color down there, so I painted the walls with the motherfucker.”
― Joe Hill, NOS4A2


Charlie Manx has his own special talent – he is the only person who knows the way to Christmasland, and he loves to take kids there so they can find eternal happiness with presents, carnival rides, and games like Scissors for the Drifter. So much fun to be had!

Hill did an amazing job with the writing, superb dialogue, the strongest of characters, and a fantastic story. It creeps you out in all the right ways! Hill throws us some treats by giving nods to his father’s novels, such as It and Doctor Sleep – it’s always nice to come across old acquaintances in new ways.

I recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys King, Koontz, and Gaiman. I loved it even more than I did Heart-Shaped Box – the first of his that I read. I have already finished reading a third novel by Joe Hill – The Fireman, which I will be reviewing next.

Book Review – Whale Season by N.M. Kelby

Whale Season

Whale Season: A Really Good Story was published in 2006 and written by N.M. Kelby. This book is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

The story takes place in Whale Harbor, Florida…a town where there are no whales. The characters are ridiculously likable – even the bad guy. The townsfolk of Whale Harbor are reminiscent of the residents of Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls. Just take all that quirkiness and move them all to Florida, add a better mayor, a serial killer –  and then add a Jesus or two.

If you are a religious person and/or easily offended by humor, maybe this book isn’t for you. If you are longing to find Jesus in the pages of a hilariously written novel full of suspense, strippers, and alligators then I suggest immersing yourself into this humor filled gem. 

I can’t wait to pick up some more N.M. Kelby – she is my kind of weird.  

 

Book Review – Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box

This novel is a supernatural thriller written by Joe Hill, who just happens to be the son of the King of Horror.

I knew ahead of time that Joe Hill was Stephen King’s spawn, but I really didn’t find King in the pages – and that was a good thing. Joe Hill is a master storyteller in his own right.

This book is quick moving, with characters that are…well…unlikable, but incredibly interesting. The concept of the anti-hero is embedded deep in the story, but redemption is not the goal; survival is.

I loved the book and I have NAS4A2, another novel by Hill, sitting on the bookshelf to be read.

One a side note – in the author’s pic of Joe Hill on the jacket cover he looks like he is the love-child of Stephen King and John Ritter. That’s probably a good story in itself.

 

Book Review – Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Written by Ray Bradbury and published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a novel that takes place in a dystopian future (nowish…), where books are illegal. The laws are upheld by firemen, who find it hard to believe in the legends that fireman used to put out fires, not start them with books. The title itself, Fahrenheit 451, is the temperature at which paper will catch fire without being exposed to an external flame.

The book is good, if you are into oh-shit-this-is-getting-to-close-to-real kind of stories. We are living in a world where we are being told that the press and journalist are just liars and fake news. If the news does not agree with our leaders, then it just isn’t true. Secrets are kept by our government, and we are being told not to question the authority of the men in charge.

My problem with the book, and our current state of affairs, is that men are making all the rules for everyone, and most women are just shadows trying to separate themselves from the darkness. I can guarantee that if women were in charge in the dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451, there wouldn’t be a chance in hell that books would be illegal. Imagine a world where women couldn’t read; no Danielle Steele, no Harry Potter, no gossip magazines, no Stephanie Plum, or Wild.

If women ran the dystopian world of Ray Bradbury it would be called Two Hours at Fahrenheit 1832 – the time and temperature at which man would burn.