Monday, 20 June 2016

Three books that will take over your entire life.


Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day's family were murdered when she was 7 and her brother was charged with the murders. Whizz on a few years and Libby's barely scraping by so when a young fella comes knocking at her door offering her money to come to a crime convention, she's game. Basically they are one of those groups who try to exonerate people they think are innocent (i.e Libby's bro), and they want her help. She starts questioning herself and her entire life and it's just really, really good.

This is my favourite offering frm Gillian Flynn. Libby Day is a mess, totally unlikeable and yet your find yourself rooting for her. I never guessed the ending - bit weird but it ties all the loose ends together nicely. The film (Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult) is pretty good too, very true to the book.
 

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
 
The Girl on the Train starts out fairly innocent. Girl takes train same time every day, imagines what the people in the houses she passes are like. Takes a dark turn when she sees something she shouldn't and decides to get involved when one of the inhabitants of the houses goes missing. I won't give anything away but it's a real page turner. Guessed the end though.

This book completely consumed me. It lived up to it's amazingfour andfive star reviews and I sped through it in 24 hours. Rachel (The Girl on the Train) has a drinking problem which makes her an unreliable witness so you never know if she is telling the truth or not. Bit predictable towards the end but still a great read.

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

Man dies, leaves quiet wife behind. Turns out husband was the local paedophile who was tried for the kidnapping of a young girl but was found not guilty. Now he's dead, a journalist and a cop try and get the truth out of the wife, but all is not as it seems. Kept me guessing until the end.
 
I read this because I saw online that it was a good follow up to The Girl on the Train and in a way it was. It's a completely different story and I felt that the subject matter was a hell of a lot darker than that of TGOTT. I think I actually liked it more than the above, even though I felt Jean was a bit of a wet blanket.

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Okay guys, this is probably a silly question but have you read any of these? What did you think? Do you have anything similar to recommend?


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  1. I totally agree with Dark Places and The Girl on The Train, I was so gripped to both of them! I always tell people to read these books, they're so good! :)

    Emmie
    www.carpediememmie.co.uk

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