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 – 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 – 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.