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Despised cliff-hanger. Interesting storyline that is simple to follow. Graphic at times. No drag-you-down drama. Plenty of twists. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Informative dialogue.'The only part of prison they resented was not being able to act on the animal urges that had place them inside to start.'No desire to re-read this story or follow the member this is my private opinion on cliff-hangers and does not reflect on the author.
The Silent Girls is a riveting dark psychological thriller that follows personal investigator Frank Rath's investigation into a string of mysterious disappearances of teenage girls during the dead of winter in the rural city of Canaan, Eric Rickstad weaves an intense tale of horror, mystery, and suspense, with intriguing twists and turns that easily captivates the reader's attention from the beginning to the story's dramatic conclusion. The story centers around personal investigator Frank Rath who is called upon to help the rural city of Canaan, Vermont's police department in the investigation of the mysterious disappearances of several teenage girls. The investigation hits home for Frank, as demons from his past come back to haunt him: when he was a police detective his sister and brother-in-law were murdered by a sadistic assassin known as "The Preacher," leaving his niece Rachel an orphan. Frank turned in his detective badge and became a personal investigator in order to raise Rachel as his daughter. Quick forward to the present, Rachel is in college and "The Preacher" is up for parole, leading Frank to have to deal with his darkest fears once again. Is there a connection between the disappearance of the teenage girls to "The Preacher?" Even in little friendly rural towns evil and danger lurk ...The Silent Girls is a gripping dark psychological thriller that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat guessing what would happen next as Frank is drawn into the investigation of the disappearances of the missing girls while dealing with his private demons. The author does a amazing job of slowly building a suspenseful and complex tale that has surprising and dramatic twists and turns; a fascinating cast of characters; and a rich description of the setting that easily transports the reader to the little rural Vermont city during the heart of the dark winter season, it's enough to send chills down your e Silent Girls is a riveting and gritty storyline that delves into Frank's painful past; the connection between the mystery of the missing girls; the dynamics of a radical cult; and the touchy social problem of abortion. This is a story that takes the reader on a fascinating thrill ride while keeping them engaged and turning the pages. If you are a fan of dark crime mysteries, suspense, and psychological thrillers, then The Silent Girls is a must read!Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I did have fun this book, I read through it in one week, and with my schedule right now, thats actually really good. I thought the characters were very well developed, and the main hero Rath, though completely flawed, was likeable and you root for him. The plot is dark, and there are very descriptive rape/murder examples, especially when Rath remembers or discusses' old cases. Think of an episode of Criminal Minds and thats beautiful much what this book was, as far as murder scenes go. The author makes the main character, at times, unlikeable with quotes like "... eleven thousand years before the world’s most famed carpenter supposedly rose again. Nowadays thats called Zombies. People worshiping a Zombie...” Yes I took offense to this and saw it as completely unnecessary. All he was doing was describing a house that sat on a field! Also there is an obviously pro choice stance in here, again, offensive how it was portrayed. tt has the totally cliche part where the villian stops his attack to take ten mins and fill Rath in on his childhood and how he got to where he is, all the previous murders which tied the latest chapter in with the first chapter, etc; all the happenings that the reader was still guessing on. When are authors going to stop using this as a method to bring closure to a story? Injuries were sustained that would have killed someone, yet the person got up and continued on his quest; not believable, the attack should have been less ghastly if the person was going to survive. The ending left me searching my kindle application looking for the latest chapter. I totally thought the latest of the book had not been downloaded. It wasnt a cliffhanger, or surprising end; the ending makes you think the latest chapter got left out. So if you take out the offensive stuff, which may not offend everyone, and the wonderful parts, it is a amazing plot and the author does a amazing job of making the scenes so true it does feel like you are there.
I had never heard of Eric Rickstad, the author, and this book sat in my Kindle for a long time before I decided to read it. I had just finished reading a very long book and decided I required some fluff type of book. I assumed The Silent Girls was just another generic crime thriller. Wrong. The very first pages had me hooked and seriously creeped out. I flew through the rest of the book, every twist and turn. I'd think I had the ending figured out, but nope. And the ending is a serious twist and cliffhanger. The writing is also extremely good. Eric Rickstad has a natural rhythm and the characters have realistic dialogue. For coming in with low expectations, The Silent Girl's plot and writing seriously blew me out of the water. I really hope he decides to continue the story in the future.
I have no idea how this book can be rated with 5 stars, by some. Perhaps there was some quality that I overlooked. Anyway...The storyline begins, as they always do, with a murder stage and hero development. This was done well. However, there were some characters that were left with shallow development, that play critical roles in the book. Rachel, the investigators daughter is one. She plays a pivotal role, that I will leave at that. Another character, that ends up not being pivotal, the female detective, is developed excessively! Other, necessary concepts were inadequately explained (or downright implausible) were, obviously, just inserted to make twists and turns. Either that or this was written only to set up a series that is forthcoming.Anyway,this is an okay story. Anyone writing a review that claims this was a mystery that warranted never putting down or that was thrilling in any way, should be investigated for a relation to the author or publisher, however.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked it in some ways and not in others. Overall I liked it more than not - certainly enough to [email protected]#$%!, and the suspense/mystery/plot line was a huge part of that. But the more I got into the book, the more annoying it became in several ways. For one, the method the writer breaks up sentences in virtually EVERY spoken conversation got very annoying. He would use a period after almost every "but." For example: "It is all her handwriting. But. We also know...." I mean, this was every character, every conversation. It got so obvious and annoying that I began looking for it (it's on almost every page) and it really began to interfere with the reading. Hated that. Also... SPOILER ALERT COMING! Toward the end of the book, there were method too a lot of wonderful "wrap-ups" to the mystery and improbably coincidences. So, really, the fact that Mandy's disappearance/death had nothing to do with the others...but she just HAPPENED to be roommates with the girl who was involved in the completely separate crime? REALLY? That crossed over the line and created me really dislike the book toward the e writing is slightly above average, at best. The mystery and plot was enough to hold me going, but let's just say I won't be reading any more Eric Rickstad books.
I read lots of thrillers, suspense, and procedurals. Usually they engage me right from the begin and I'm done by the next day. Not this one. I picked it up and place it down over the course of a couple of weeks while forcing myself to [email protected]#$%!. Want I hadn't bothered. I didn't obtain anywhere near the hero development I wanted but did obtain excessive minutiae that did not advance the story and which I could have done without. Example: "She dabbed herself with toilet paper and tugged up her panties and jeans." And I rarely felt any tension or suspense. I won't go on because so a lot of reviewers have given this a positive review that it will be hard to explain just what a waste of time this book is. But I will say that the ending absolutely sucked and convinced me that buying Silent Girls was a large mistake.
Eric Rickstad’s THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS was a haunting sequel to his hugely successful THE SILENT GIRLS. As a reader, it’s a delightful page-turner. As a writer, it’s a textbook along with everything he’s written. I’m going to test to avoid spoilers, but read with caution. There might be some light spoilers for THE SILENT GIRLS, which needs to be brought up in order to really properly talk about THE NAMES OF DEAD E SILENT GIRLS was a fiercely brutal novel revolving primarily around Rath’s PTSD and self-loathing. After the heart-pounding climax, Rickstad took the time to write an begin ending, a small ominous plot twist. Where a lot of writers would fail in this endeavor, this is possibly what took THE SILENT GIRLS to the next level—that tiny, unexpected moment where the reader’s only response is, “Holy @#$%!”Since that moment, I’ve aggressively read all of Rickstad’s novels as both a fan of his writing and as an emerging author who is moving towards the thriller/suspense genre.Rickstad created a very interesting decision with THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS to have the novel revolve around Rachel Rath about the same amount, if not more, than Frank Rath (although a lot of might assume this is his story instead of hers). The sequel explores the changes with power dynamic—a young woman who’s learning the truth about her past, one Rath sheltered her from in part to protect her but, more in actuality, to protect himself with some really classic examples of PTSD. But possibly more interesting than the shift in protagonist was the decision Rickstad did with his is is why I refer to this work as ter the heart-pounding conclusion of THE SILENT GIRLS, most readers would expect a super heart-pounding read from the beginning to the end. While in theory that sounds nice, if Rickstad were to create that decision (like a lot of writers would) the book wouldn’t have been successful. Instead, we’re brought quickly into the story to explore their assumptions are built from paranoia. The pace slows down a fraction then (it’s still a page-turner), which at first seems curious… until you obtain to part two and realize exactly *why* Rickstad created the pacing decision. It hits you in the chest. Hard. From that point, any reader would be hooked. The amount of restraint that Rickstad used is something that a lot of writers can’t do. Most would jump at the possibility to go running. But it’s because of this restraint that the novel is as strong as it is. The impact wouldn’t have been the same if the pace was even a fraction faster.Possibly the most impressive part might have been the ending. There were so a lot of ways that Rickstad could have taken this story, there were endings that we might guess would occur. Instead, we see a series of lies, of cover-ups, the method paranoia grows, letting down one’s guard at the wrong moment, making a fateful decision, breaking ethics and the law. The subtle ending possibly shows the reader Rath’s humanity and his since of justice. We recognize that he knew the conclusion for quite some time and danced around it before making a decision that was based on his needs. He recognizes this. He wars with himself—to punish or not to punish—then decides. This leaves the reader with an extremely satisfying ending as we’ve rooted for Rath for quite some time.I definitely recommend THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS (make sure to read THE SILENT GIRLS first as there are a lot of nods to that and the motivations will be clearer) and suggest any reader take the time to carefully read the Author’s Note that’s equally chilling and heartbreaking. Take time with this book--allow yourself to go for the ride and trust that process. Have fun is review came from an ARC.
Eric Rickstad [email protected]#$%!&ing his stride with his Canaan crime novels. Amazing stories and amazing characters who reel you in and hold you engrossed. Each novel seems to be better than the last. I love them and look forward to the next installment!
This was my second book by this offer. I could not place it down. It was a sequel to the first one. Enjoyed the characters and how the author moved from one person to the next. You wish to be figuring out who done it too! Amazing book.
I have read Mr. Rickstad's earlier novels. and they were, for the most part, a decent method to pass the time, especially the stand alone.He is an author of average skills, nothing more, so the success of a particular attempt depends on the success of the is one just does not work. It's gory and repulsive. his main characters boring and predictable. They also both seem to have issues with odor. He wears a coat that smells of urine, she has a vehicle that stinks. The first one in this Canaan series was a decent read, the second one, less is one is just mundanely written, prurient torture 's time to be done with this particular group of characters and test another stand alone, or go back to your day job, Eric.Where these 4 and 5 star reviews come from, well ....?, that's a greater mystery than what's between the covers of this one.
Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this book by the author, however, I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my s Vegas Girl is the newest crime novel by author Leslie Wolfe. Taking a break from her primarily Florida based police procedurals, this newest tale takes put in Sin City. Latest arrival Detective Laura Baxter is teamed up with veteran Detective Jack Holt to investigate the murder of a young woman at the posh Aquamarine hotel. With the victim identified as the sister of the Governor’s fiancé, the duo is under strict orders from the Deputy Chief to steer clear of the family. With both officers on probation for previous issues, they cannot afford to mess up, but they also cannot be expected to solve this case when both their DC and the Judge assigned appear to be stonewalling them. With a small ingenuity and some extracurricular detective work, the duo uncovers the info of a scandal years in the making that may very well shake the foundations of the Las Vegas Metro PD.With the Las Vegas strip being one of the most recognizable locations on Earth and having watched a lot of a CSI episode in the past, it was fairly simple for me to immerse myself in the story. Leslie’s newest protagonist, Detective Laura Baxter, is a British transplant with a tragic past and anger management issues. I totally love her drive to obtain the poor guy no matter what it takes. Detective Holt also isn’t squeaky clean and harbors a secret that could ruin his career at best and send him to jail at worst. The unlikely duo is a amazing pair and it was interesting to watch them test to feel each other out as first-time partners while trying to skirt the political landmines of their high-profile case. With as complex as these two characters are, each keeping secrets and buried traumas to themselves I am hoping that this is the first in a series of books involving the pair. There will always be crime in Las Vegas and I’m hoping Baxter and Holt will stick around to take the poor guys down.If you like books with a powerful female lead who is smart, flawed and just a small bit devious I would recommend Las Vegas Girl or any other title by Leslie Wolfe.
I have read a number of novels by Leslie Wolfe. They are all interesting stories -- all quick paced with a few enjoyable twists and turns along the way. This one is no various in that respect, but in Las Vegas Girl the main characters of Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are more developed and more relatable than characters in her previous books. Each has a flaw that he or she is struggling to overcome, yet each has an inner strength that each relies upon. The interplay between Baxter and Holt is terrific. Their hero development is most enjoyable. My favorite Leslie Wolfe novel yet.
Outstanding characters that grab your attention and then your heart. An intricate storyline that carries you away and makes putting this book down a hard choice to make. Amazing guys and gals with a twist you don't see coming but soon you will be choosing your hero.I can't wait to read the series involving the Brit turned American. Her hot partner and their relationship is intense yet doesn't overshadow the story.I love it!
I've loved all of Leslie Wolfe's books that I've read....about 6. I really like these fresh characters, Baxter and Holt. Hope we see them again in another book. Leslie writes dialogue that flows so naturally and the characters are always so well_developed. They alway are powerful but with flaws. Loved the book!!!
Leslie Wolfe once again shows why she is at the top of the police drama game. Well developed amazing guys, nefarious scum bags all come to a thrilling end. Thrilling to the end and so well developed and written, wished it could have gone on for 100 more pages. Solid 5 stars.
First time I've read this author and "Las Vegas Girl" was excellent. Amazing story and well written with amazing supporting characters. Thought I had figured out who the culprit was, but I was totally wrong. Will definitely read more by this author.
I chose a four star rating since it did hold me in suspense longer than most mysteries. I would have given 5 stars if a few loose ends had been tied up instead of being left hanging. The characters were well developed and likable, and the story was entertaining, if not actually what I call riveting.
You can definitely tell that a man wrote this book because it's told from the perspective of two young woman who have no personality at all. it was very disappointing to read about how easily and without question these woman fall for this weirdo guy just because he tells them he wants to "take them to bed". Not sure what woman that line works on these days, but I was definitely hoping for something a bit more than that. Whoever promoted this book thought did amazing because selling it as the next Gone Girl/Girl On the Train was the reason I bought it, but after reading it I found it to be a wannabe copy cat book who was trying so hard to be a Fifty Shades of Grey, Gone Girl, even a smidge of Twilight type story. It lacked creativity in my opinion and took me forever to finish. Usually I can read a book in a couple of days, but this one took me over two weeks to push my method through. It wasn't worth it either. Even if you wish to listen to the other amazing reviews about this book, I would definitely suggest getting it from the library or borrowing it from a mate so you don't have to fork over actual cash for this thing.
I have mix feelings about this book. I enjoyed the concept and mystery surrounding the house. What I didn't like was Delaney making the female characters dumb. What normal person (male or female) would've place up with the demands of the rental Q&A? Create this a library book, don't pay for it.
As a VINE reviewer, you obtain used to “advanced praise” and publisher PR statements about how amazing this book is going to is book exceeds the hype, it might be better than they say it is.I was hooked and read it in two days about ten hours total reading thing is really what it seems to be, everyone has a hidden agenda and the characters might shift at any is seems to be a very straightforward story until the latest 40 ever, the author has given us the information, if we message e ending is very logical, given the story and the people. There is no, 100-year relationship or rabbit out of the hat aware this is a very adult story with some graphic d the book and looking forward to the movie.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I picked it up because of the hype (kudos to Cline's publishing team) and the first few pages were really impressive. I don't read a lot of literary items like this, and Cline's words were mesmerizing at first. Every sentence perfectly and poetically constructed. You could take any snippet from this book, post it anywhere, and it would be obvious how powerful a writer Cline is, without even knowing what the story was about.But then it became exhausting. Because while Cline is an incredibly gifted writer, she's not a amazing storyteller, and it got really tiring reading paragraph after paragraph of attractive prose that essentially says nothing. The pacing was soooooo sloooooow. It took pages to describe the smallest details. The story, in a nutshell, is about a girl who becomes part of a cult, and the cult commits heinous murders. The premise is fantastic. But in my opinion, it was told from the wrong point of view. What should have been a fabulous imaginative retelling of Manson fell flat, because the protagonist is only a bystander, and a part-time one at that. She doesn't live with the cult - she goes home most nights. She has no memorable relationships with anyone else in the group, other than the one girl she's infatuated with. But because her attraction is one-sided, the relationship never develops. And other than this one girl, the other characters are barely sketched out. They only exist in her peripheral vision, hazy snapshots at best, and this contains the Manson-like hero himself. The victims, we don't really know at all, so it's difficult to be horrified about what happens to them. Speaking of which, she's not involved at all in the planning of the murders, and she's even not there when the murders happen. All that build-up, and we don't even see the not good thing that's the climax of the e book is essentially one giant flashback, with a handful of present-day scenes telling us very small about the protagonist's life now (but I obtain why Cline choose to do it this method - if the story is told in flashback, she can tell it with added insight and hindsight, using lots of "little did she know's" to tip at what's to come - a cheap method to make tension, but I suppose it's better than no tension at all). In the end, though, it's so completely dissatisfying because we don't know what she's learned, or how she's grown. She tips at trying to support a young girl in the present-day, someone who reminds her of herself, but again, it never develops into is is a story that gets lost in its own words. I'm so disappointed. Amazing premise, amazing writing, weak story.
The book is overloaded with metaphors and similes. With every word on that page read like a French goose trying to soar over a stilled lake but hampered by the luminous tar that's iced on her wings from an earlier unnatural encounter. I was as determined as a fruit fly escaping from a cider trap to finish the book. However, my mind drove through each chapter like a commuter on a busy Broadway hitting every red light only to be distracted by beautiful and unassuming window shoppers. I have doubted a lot of decisions in my life, but I can tell you with the precision of a surgeons hand, I will not recommend this book.I am just saying, that's how the book reads. Blah!
I was so excited to read this book, yet I wondered about all the hype. Would I be fooled again? I waited for it to become available at my local library, but was too anxious to wait any longer and ended up buying it locally. Did I waste my money? Hmmm…let’s decide.Evie Boyd is the fourteen year old only kid of divorced parents. Evie is basically a loner - aside from her one friend, overweight and annoying Connie. Evie spends her days drinking, smoking weed and masturbating. Evie also spends a amazing deal of time obsessing over her mother’s pathetic life. So what does a misunderstood, loner fourteen year old do in California in the summer of ’69? Why, she joins a cult of course. But not just any cult – THE CULT of all cults. Although Charles Manson and his Family are never specifically mentioned, readers can safely assume that’s exactly who takes in this small lost, pathetic and misunderstood rich e book starts off with Evie as a “middle-aged woman with varicose veins” (because all middle-aged women have them, right?) cowering in her rental when she hears a noise. Turns out it’s just the owner’s son coming to party with his girlfriend. The child recognizes Evie as “that girl from the cult” (how, we have no idea) and is instantly in awe of Evie. Thus prompts the trip down memory lane and hence the story of Evie and The Cult. Unfortunately, everything from there goes rapidly is book is so incredibly BORING it was literally painful to slog through it. The author is the queen of long-winded prose and similes. Similes are great…if they’re done well and done sparingly. However, the writing here is so overloaded with them that it completely mangles the story. I got a true sense that the author was trying darn hard to sound deeply profound, but she only succeeded in creating a rambling bowl of superfluous simile soup. It’s only 355 pages, but is so heavily padded with randomness that it seems MUCH longer. Ugh. I’m of the belief that easy writing is best. Why use ridiculous and wordy verbiage to describe even the most straightforward passages when easy words and phrases will suffice? This only results in slamming on the book brakes and disrupting the flow of the book. Let’s save the flowery writing for poetry, please. And not only was the bulk of the book ramblingly tedious – it was downright WEIRD. Talking about smelling her mother’s period in the bathroom? Seriously?A lot of the book didn’t even ring real to the time period. Did this mysterious debut author and her squad of Random House editors even research 1969? As an example, Suzanne and not good small rich girl Evie are on the street and need gas so they stop at a gas station to pump their own gas with a stolen credit card from someone’s mother. One, there were precious few self-service gas stations in 1969 and two, credit cards were rarely used back then…AND women couldn’t even obtain them. It’s true…look it up. There were no pump card swipers back then, so wouldn’t the attendant have noticed any of this? Apparently not, since “the family” was supposedly living off credit cards.I don’t normally blast a book like this, but I’m tired of all the book hype publishers push on unsuspecting readers. The premise of this book was amazing – the execution was GOD AWFUL. I obtain it, perfectly amazing girls being lured into a subservient lifestyle by a masterfully manipulative murderer. Starved for the attention they didn’t obtain at home only to search themselves in a worse environment than before. There is literally NOT ONE likable or even relatable hero in this whole mess. All hype and absolutely no substance.Disclaimer: eBook Review Gal was fooled by all the hype and actually wasted amazing cash for this book.
I struggled with the rating for this novel; it's hard to "like" since its characters are themselves so unlikeable, even the protagonist, Evie. But it's better than merely "okay." Cline is a amazing writer who successfully creates an atmosphere of existential menace for her fictionalized "Manson family." Through them, she explores what it meant and means to be a "girl" in a man's world, a theme that also plays out in the show day as a 50ish Evie hosts the son and girlfriend of a former lover in whose house she is living. The heart of the book, though, is Evie's experience in 1969 and her near miss being part of the popular murders that drive the plot forward. Could she have participated or would she have turned away in horror? That's part of the question it's not clear she herself can even respond so a lot of years e "girls" of the title are a band of disaffected and aimless women in their late teens, mostly runaways from troubled homes, who fall in with a Manson-like charmer and live a communal life in squalor, doing dumpster dives for meal on a regular basis. The slow build-up to their murderous rampage is interesting; the violence that lurks just below the surface of their otherwise routine existence erupts almost without context. It's just the method they are. The phrase "the banality of evil" kept hitting me as I read, and the story sent me back to reading bits about the true Manson girls to test to understand something that's really not understandable.Where the book fell down for me was actually Evie, the main character. In 1969, she's 14, about to go away to boarding school and at loose ends during a summer when her mother is busy dating and finding herself after a divorce. Evie falls under the spell of the 19-year-old Suzanne in particular. Although the author seems to suggest there's a powerful sexual component here, that's not really developed (other than one time when they participate in a threesome with a popular male rocker). Nor is present-day Evie gay, so her fascination with Suzanne never felt true to me. And since that relationship is central to the story, the story itself came to feel a bit artificial and manufactured. Still, Cline's talent with language is clear and the look back to that era in history brought back all kinds of memories for this older e
Sure, the echoes to the Manson cult and the Tate/LaBianca murders provide the real-life inspiration for this gripping novel by Emma Cline. However, "The Girls" surprised me through the choices Cline created in telling this story. While the violent murders are an anchor, it is the exploration of the psychological and emotional turmoil within a 14 year old that sparked her unlikely choice to follow this cult.Evie Boyd, the narrator, reflects back on that seminal summer of 1969 when she was a 14 year old youth living in the Marin County city of Petaluma. The height of the Vietnam Battle and Summer of Love provide the contextual backdrop of the dislocation taking put nationally while Evie's life is unraveling due to the separation of her parents, problem with her best mate Connie and her own sexual development. The collision of these broad and private forces make conditions ripe for an impressionable young girl to be brought under the spell of those adept at manipulation. While at the park one day, Evie sees hippie girls scavenging for meal at the park and becomes particularly mesmerized by one in particular, Suzanne. A second more intimate encounter takes Evie from the comfortable yet fraying safety of her suburban life to the the threadbare outpost led by the cult leader ars later, as Evie unwinds at a mates cottage, she comes into contact with his late teenage son and his mid-teens girlfriend. This encounter stirs reflection on how ripe for manipulation she had been and through her encounter with this girls, who easily taken advantage of she still is. Sure, she was fortunate to not have been a participant in the murders, but was that just fortune and luck or would she have followed the rest of them in their violence if she hadn't been allow out of the vehicle on the side of the road."The Girls" is not a excellent novel and lost a bit of its power as it progressed, but it is a well-constructed debut from Emma Cline.
This book is appropriately titled. The story's central character, 14-year-old Evie in 1969, could be any girl, anywhere at any time. She is petulant, impatient, precocious - hungry for her life to take a turn away from where she is at the time. Teenage angst 101. Evie wants drama and excitement. She wants thrills and danger. She gets it all.We also see adult Evie in reflection of her life and the improbable, special girlhood she is describing to the feels personal, as if she is talking to you as she recounts her infatuation with an older teenaged woman who was to become an internationally infamous murderer.Evie and the other girls in this book received the same messages as girls do now: It's HIS world. Follow along. Listen adoringly when he speaks. Fulfill his needs. Learn to be his helpmate. Acquiesce to are an approval seeker. Play the role and everything will be okay for you. Evie's rebellious spirit is alive today in a lot of young women who are powerful and career-oriented. They wish their own lives. Just as many, though, harbor that hunger for acceptance and approval, eager to please the cool girls and follow the boys' demands. Today millions of young women are mothers in or near poverty, missing male partnership and support. They are just playing the roles they believe society expects them to play.
I enjoyed how the author developed this story. Although the reader eventually understands where the story is going, the method in which the ending will come about remains mysterious. In addition to the dark, Charles Manson-esque storyline, I enjoyed how the author created this into a story about growing up and rebelling. Her insight on growing apart from mates and finding oneself unable to relate to one's parents is so pertinent to each young teenage girl, whether they are growing up in the 1960's or the 2000's. Fabulous read!
Hmmmm...not quite sure if I liked this book or not. I was enthralled and read The Girls quickly. At times I was really drawn to it and then I was disgusted or rolling my eyes at the overwritten prose. The story which focuses on the summer of 1969 for 14 year old Evie Boyd is like a psychedelic trip. As she leaves her mundane life and begins to hang out with a cult like group which eventually commits an horrific act, Evie begins to see her life and the globe in a various light. The story is told through flashbacks from a middle-aged Evie and it jostles between show day and the summer of 1969. The story is interesting but the writing is too much, overdone to say the least. It's drippy with metaphors, similes and too a lot of literary devices. It may be a style admired by some but not by me. Though the hero development is actually beautiful well done, I am still not sure how I'm supposed to feel about any of them. I'm still on the fence as to whether I liked any of them or really cared what happen to them. Maybe that was the point. Still, the story is interesting and the author does a amazing job of slowly revealing the horrific happenings and what leads up to it. She gives you just enough to create you hold reading and slowly feeds the reader until the crime just happens. It's not climactic but it's not disappointing either, it just happens like most of the happenings in the book. Perhaps that is the intent, to create the reader experience life like Evie and the other girls where things just seem to happen to them. I would recommend it. It was interesting and a small thought provoking.
I really enjoyed the storyline, the method it kept secrets from the reader about the other characters, offering enough to spark the imagination and outline a hero so the reader was familiar, but left wondering. The questioning of self and how easily one could be influenced by another, all for the attention of their affections. The neediness of all in our stories called life.
Could not support but think of how scary it must have been during the Manson murders while reading Emily Cline’s THE GIRLS. This lonely teenage girl is literally sucked in to a globe of others just like herself and you can feel the draw. What an intensely depicted novel of a time in a young girl’s life, both in her globe and in the world, when there is such upheaval. It is creepy, it is eerie, it is good.
I knew just a small about SG going into purchasing this book, but I've read a lot of other books by Shannon Hale, and I was not disappointed. You don't have to know everything about the Marvel Universe before reading this book. I'm a grown woman and I enjoyed it, but it would also be a amazing choice for young readers maybe 12 and up. Doreen (SG) is optimistic, enthusiastic, and adorable. It's very clean and you don't have to worry about any swears at all, other than maybe squirrel swears. I chuckled especially over SG's interactions with the other Marvel Universe characters. Would recommend!
I may be outside of the YA target range, but dang did I have fun this. It was just so dang peppy!Sticklers for Marvel canon may HMPH at some of it since it is very much its own continuity. Newcomers should be able to slide simple enough into it, so long as you at least know the films and have at least culturally absorbed primary facts on other Marvel books.But yeah, I didn't know what to expect from this book, but I ended up loving up. Here's hoping the writing squad churns out another nutty adventure in the future! They did a amazing job making Squirrel Girl feel powerful and a bit vulnerable at the same time, the part with the people turning on her online legit gave me the sads.But yeah, if you like Squirrel Girl at all, I'd give it a read.
Got the Kindle ver for myself, and it was so good, so clean, so much like a number of small girls I've raised and watched my daughters raise, that I got the hardback ver for another granddaughter's birthday. (I need to search out Naia's reading habits.)
I was originally resistant to reading this novel, thinking how could anything compare to the graphic novels by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Shannon and David Hale did it! The book was a lot of fun, and, like the small notes on the bottom of the graphic novels included footnotes with Doreen's thoughts. If you like Squirrel Girl, or have yet to meet her, this is an entertaining fun read.
I haven't actually gotten a possibility to read it yet because my daughter took it right after I got it out of the box and started reading it immediately. It is obviously a victory because we got it just a couple of hours ago and she's halfway through. That's beautiful high praise =)
A Novel for a real super character fan. An awesome telling of Squirrel Girl's Origin story, that focuses on expanding her hero beyond whats shown in her comics and while still keeping real to them. Well written, wonderfully creative, and delightfully entertaining. I would definitely buy a sequel if their was one.
There are very few books that I take the time to read as of late. This was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters developed at a steady pace and were not overly explained so that I could "see them" for myself. I did feel as if the end of the book was drawn out somewhat and that there was some unnecessary recollections but all in all the book held my attention and I would recommend it to my friends. I also bought the second in this series and look forward to seeing where Dottie travels to next.
This is a fun, happy, sad book. I found myself not being able to place it down. Though it didn't end like I thought and hoped, I look forward to reading the sequel.
Wow I could hardly place this debut novel down by author Sandy Taylor. It's the first book of a trilogy . I already looked for the second ebook on Amazon and when it is available on June 10 will buy it!!!This book is a unbelievable tale of friendship, love, betrayal and forgiveness that will stay with me for some time. Dottie and Mary's friendship started at five years old and spans through the years until they are age nineteen.
I listened to this as an audio book. The reader had exactly the right voice which added to the atmosphere. It's an intimate story about ordinary people, but the setting and the characters were so well developed that I came to care about them and must admit that I shed a tear at the end. The stage with the woman with 8 children in the council office was hilarious. A amazing story.
Two girls grow up together in Brighton, so close that they are always thought of together. They both fall in love and experience all the sweetness and sadness of young love, but that love turns into tragedy for them both.A wonderfully story of all the emotions of growing up and falling in love, only to have ones heart broken.
A sad but very amazing story. The time period was so various from today. I could relate to the era and I too had a very amazing friend..our friendship did not end the same method but we grew apart after high school..a amazing read for any who relate to the late 50s and 60 s. You will cry but you my laugh a small also
I am blown away with the entertaining, clever, and just-complex-enough storyline of “Vanishing Girls” by Author Lisa Regan. At first I thought this book was a small slow. Also, was thinking the main character, Detective Josie Quinn, was maybe not so likable for a detective. She is aggressively fierce and blunt. Then I wondered if someone with a seriously abusive childhood could be stable enough to be a cop? The story, though, just got better and better and my concerns were alleviated.A little city in Pennsylvania is searching for a missing teen and their best detective, Josie, is on suspension for excessive force. She is warned over and over again to stay away from the investigation, but that doesn’t stop her. Meanwhile, her private life is a mess; a husband who is in love with a stripper but won’t sign the divorce papers. He has done something to her that you will be hard pressed to imagine or guess! Josie’s investigation finds connections to past kidnappings and an evil so heavy it will give you chills!The characters are complicated and emotional; the surprises in the second half of the book are voluminous, and the action almost non-stop. An imaginative, and engrossing read you shouldn’t miss!
I enjoyed this book, kept me very interested until the end and I finished it rather quickly. I feel this was a quick paced, well written read. Josie is a powerful hero and I liked her, I really could care less about her sex life though! When I read a thriller, I wish just that, a thriller! I really don't care to have the sex/romance part of it. That is just me, don't hate me!There were a lot of "coincidences" in this book that created some things a bit implausible. I became invested enough in this story though that I would definitely like to read more of Josie and see where the author takes this series! Looking forward to book number 2!
I'm a large Lisa Regan fan so I couldn't wait to begin this fresh series. The title alone would've had me purchasing this book, and I wasn't disappointed. Lisa delivered an awesome thriller! The story keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first chapter all the method to the latest chapter when you're not totally sure how it's going to sie Quinn is a hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners, yet relateable lead character. Even when you're screaming at the pages because she's totally breaking the rules and doing something she shouldn't be doing, you're still able to relate to her. All of the characters are well fleshed out and simple to like, and/or hate, depending. I cannot wait to read the follow-up. I have a feeling that Josie Quinn still has a lot of work to do.5 Stars all the method for this thriller!
I've read Lisa Regan for years and always like her books. This one was the first in a fresh (Detective Josie Quinn) is was a real cannot-put-it-down book! What a breath of new air to read an exciting, what-the-hell-is-happening? Ok this person is the poor guy, no! It's another person and who else is involved? type of book!I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, crime-solving, mystery thriller.
Wow what a begin to a fresh series. From the opening page the author sucks you in to the story and as the book progresses the twist and shocking revelations hold you on the edge of your sie Quinn is a detective with the Denton, PA police department. She is currently on suspension for excessive force. She is not the kind of person to just sit around twiddling her thumbs and when a local girl goes missing she cant support herself but to begin doing her own ere is drama galore throughout this book. She is currently in the midst of a divorce from her childhood sweetheart – fellow cop Ray Quinn and she just accepted a marriage proposal from Luke Creighton who works for the state sie's look into the current disappearance leads her to others and when another girl turns up naked on the side of the street she knows things are connected and wonders how a lot of of her fellow law enforcement colleagues are sie is a powerful female hero with a deep-seated moral compass. I look forward to more books in the series.
Caution: spoilers aheadThoroughly enjoyed Detective Josie Quinn, a fresh addition to my list of favorite characters. Glad this is the first in a series for Denton's (now) Interim Police Chief is novel kept me engrossed and entertained for hours. Amazing ending that included the first victim, bringing closure for both the reader and the victim's Lisa Regan builds believable characters, flawed and layered. Her writing brought tears to my eyes several times. When an author can have her readers tearful or laughing out loud, it's a sure sign of successful ank you Lisa Regan for a amazing book!
I'd really give it 4.5 stars. Can't go 5 because there's always something... But really enjoyed it. It's a bit graphic on difficult subjects, as her books tend to be, so not for the faint of heart (or rather stomach). Josie is a dark but powerful character. She is genuine and loving but has rough edges - which is what makes her likeable. Lisa Regan is a solid thriller fiction writer. Finding Claire Fetcher was also a very amazing read with powerful likeable characters and a storyline that borders a real crime novel. Hopefully she will stay real to her style in all her works.
I had never read Lisa Regan before, but I will be reading her from now on. This was my first book, the Josie Quinn first installment, and it's super suspenseful and entertaining! I couldn't place it down and kept wondering why I'd never heard of her before getting my kindle. She's a cross between Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter. Josie is a [email protected]#$% hero and so I can't wait to read about her again. I preordered the next in the series. This book is quick paced and a bit disturbing, which I liked. It's quite the mystery, finding out who is behind these girl's disappearances. I also like the relationships in Josies private life.
This book features a unbelievable plot but unfortunately the story used to reveal the plot is not as strong. Like so a lot of mystery stories the author seems to feel the story can't be told without the characters near death in a hospital. Then despite these horrible injuries the leading hero in the story continues on with the investigation. This author relies on the medical slant a amazing deal. The story is about a young police officer on suspension for excessive force who conducts her own investigation into a missing person case. As the case becomes more involved the officer feels more and more alone.
I loved the characters, the suspense and the twists! This was a story within a story within a bigger story! A true page turner! The author does a really amazing job describing the town, the people, etc. so as you read the book you feel like you know exactly where they are and who they are dealing with! Can't wait to read more books by this author!!
The book starts with a teaser chapter, jumping feet first in with a shocker that created me reconsider reading the rest of the book. The second chapter begins a flashback series of happenings until we catch back up to reread the first chapter, and beyond as the dominoes of happenings falls neatly in place. I'm glad I didn't quit 's an intricate, cleanly told story of increasingly troubling happenings triggered by the unremembered girl of the title being found lurking around a family that takes her in, for better or worse. The characters seem to link together very precisely, both by family lines and life choices, with muddled lines between amazing and bad. The tale is full of surprise twists, some more believable than e mood is overall very dark, to the point of envisioning most of the happenings under a foggy, half-moon sky whether they were described that method or not. If you're sensitive to dark writing and potential triggers, this is probably not the book for you.
As I read this book’s description and first chapter, I asked, “Would the whole novel be this good? Will it be character-driven, written with flavor and simplicity in the style of amazing southern American novelists such as William Faulkner?CHARACTERS: We have Henry, a bootlegger in the backwoods of East Texas. We have his stepfather Livingston, a hellfire-spitting preacher who sees wickedness in people who don't fit his mold. We have Henry’s mother, a gentle and caring woman. We have broken people like Girl, later called Eve---abused most of her life, fending for herself in the woods, with a self-protective drive like a feral cat—yet deeply needing a family. There's Death, a personification that the author handles with finesse. Jonah, Henry’s young brain-damaged friend. And behind the scenes, there are “the wicked ones” who continue to kidnap or buy young girls for "the market." It’s a tangle of characters that leads to a lot of intertwined sub-plots and builds up to a breathless TTING AND MOOD: Swampland and backwoods of East Texas, a shack on rotting piers, stately pines with Spanish moss, creaking porch steps. Deeply mood-setting with a powerful tip of danger, perhaps : At first the focus is only on a few characters. But gradually the a lot of POVs demand paying more careful attention. There’s the author’s omnipresent POV, interjecting her style and literary flourishes, some out of sync with her characters. That weakness doesn’t take much away from the almost-perfect overall tone and language of the novel. .DIALOGUE: Mostly it’s authentic Texan and backwoods, flows smoothly and hardly a issue knowing who is speaking. Overall, the dialogue develops characters well and keeps the story flowing. And no crude language or “f” words. I appreciate PERSONAL TAKE: One issue with the characters. It takes a while to realize how old they are. “The Girl”? Six or 16 or 26? No true clues until well into the story—that bothered me. Also, when did this story take place? At first it seemed to me to be in the 1930s or 40s, before so a lot of of Texas’ safeguards for kids were developed. But then late in the novel Henry pulls a cell phone out of his pocket. That’s a shock; a writer has to plant such things early in the novel, not later when required for the initial hopes for this novel? Close to fulfilled. I’m glad I read it through, even though I did some wading in the middle. It was worth it--the latest 12 chapters illustrate through action and conflict some deep issues, such as guilt and hope, and that “sometimes broken things can’t be fixed.” Some memorable lines and actions to remember for our own e demented preacher was all there was as far as the Christian faith is concerned. But still, the private problems of dealing with gnawing guilt and stumbling faith are about true life. Out of those come deep moral resolutions which can deepen our understanding of our private faith. Those we can hold with us long after we finish this novel.
I really struggled with this month's Kindle First choices... there were so a lot of special books to choose from. In the end I kept coming back to 'The Unremembered Girl' ....there is something so haunting about the woods, the swamp, the abandoned and enchanting girl with no name...Eve. I knew I'd be reading part mystery, part broken family, part horror... but nonetheless I was compelled and compelled I stayed until the final page...Eliza Maxwell has written an wonderful Gothic thriller that had me madly swiping... I was mesmerised by this unusual family and the strength and goodness, yet naïveté of Henry...Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor, putting his life on keep to take care of his sick mother, Caroline and his somewhat freakish stepfather—a fanatical preacher with a sharp and evil tongue.While dealing with their own struggles and getting through each day they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods. This unusual and somewhat feral girl longs to be a part of their family. 'Closer and closer she came. Her steps were light, and she disturbed nothing as she found a window to peer inside. Her stomach grumbled, and her heart ached in fresh ways, but the family took no notice. They were together, unconcerned about the gathering dark outside and unaware of the girl who was watching. Lost in a trance, she couldn’t look away and didn’t wish to.'When she makes herself known, Caroline opens up her home to Eve. At first innocently and cautiously' but day by day she bonds deeply with Henry, "That girl's broken, Henry. She's broken and she's dangerous. And if you think you can fix her, I'm afraid you're destined for heartache, my dear."However Henry believes he might be able to save her... there in lies the thriller and the mystery that created my heart race...As the synopsis so eloquently surmises 'Henry must create an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or place everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.'The more Henry tries to support Eve, the darker the situation becomes... This book was so unpredictable, Maxwell did an wonderful job in shocking the reader. 'His only hope, the one he clung to during the long nightmare that followed, was that these atrocious acts he was committing had a purpose.'The multiple POVs work well and give various perspectives, always keeping the reader rt whirlwind, part mesmerising, part brutal - be prepared to literally have your emotions rung dry...I am a verified purchaser in Australia
This book is a mixture of psychological romance commingled with the scenes from the horror movies. I would not call it the suspense. I liked the beginning. The motley of colourful characters, the atmosphere of little Texan city surrounded by swamps and forest as well as slowly unraveling family’s history and the mystery of the girl in the woods kept me interested and engaged in the plot. I also liked the ending. But I did not like the 50% of the book in the middle. The characters became kind of repetitive and some of the horror photos created me yawn. Maybe it was because the creepy parts were a small bit in Halloween style or maybe because I was distracted by true horrors event just now in the true life. However the readers who like Halloween kind of spookiness may like this book more than me.
I started this book at 6pm and finished it just now at 1:30am. I could NOT stop reading it.... I NEEDED to search out what was going to happen to Henry and Eve. It was painful and disturbing, and as poor as things became, I was still rooting for them. I think that's what a amazing writer does - makes you feel so deeply for the characters that you wish to forgive them all their sins. I feel gutted now. This story will haunt me for a long time.
I chose this book as my free Kindle First selection. I am satisfied that I did. The story hooked me from the start. I liked the characters, who mostly tried to do the right thing. It hardly ever worked out for them. And sometimes the right thing was brutal and e author never backs down from the hard truths of life. The writing is reminiscent of Joe Lansdale's work in that way. I don't wish to deprive anyone of the pleasure of discovering these well drawn characters for themselves, so I won't give away any of their secrets.If you have fun amazing storytelling and are willing to follow where the story takes you, this book is well worth reading.
I have long loved to read but have found as I've gotten older the time available to do so is precious. "The Unremembered Girl" created me stop everything, grab a mug of coffee, and settle in for a superbly written story. It caught me from the very first paragraph, not letting me go until the latest page was turned. The author near reaches out of the novel with her words, enticing the reader into the pages, beckoning them, until they become enmeshed in the story, riveted, on edge, waiting to see what happens next. It is both haunting and gripping, this tale. I'm quite sure it's the best I've read in quite a long time.
Initially, I started to read this book, thinking that I probably will just read a chapter or two and move on with something else... Normally, my reading interests are science fiction and some apocalyptic faire..But this book kept my interest and, in the span of four days that it took for me to finish this book, I couldn’t stop reading... The story of a doomed love, the struggle of a tortured girl, and the path being sought to search something alive and true was a draw that even I couldn’t pull away from... This book took me into their globe and kept me there, living the story and taking me through its ups and downs until it’s eventual end...A amazing read on a story that is various that what I am used to reading.... And that’s a amazing thing!
This is one of many, Texas border towns, that few people stop at, when passing through, on there method to better e dark creepy city you pass through quickly, foot massive on the gas. The city where drugs and people are bought and sold. The kind of book your kids should not read. Fatal flaw of the book, near the end when when a cell phone is used. Up until this point no mention of technology in book.
It was a page turner for me. I started it one evening and finished the next day. I read one review who said he was place off because some of it seemed unrealistic, I understood exactly what was meant by that statement after reading.... But it's a novel, a work of fiction. I read over 100 books a year and that's beautiful common, in my opinion. It was well written and sucked me into the story....and I wanted to obtain to the ending. Definitely kept my interest. Enough said.
I don't know how a lot of times I've remarked to others that, given the unsolved murders vegetating in folders by the tens of thousands in cold case file storage rooms all over the country, you just never know who your neighbors and acquaintances really are; what they've done in the past, or are possibly doing now. Maybe even those you think you know...you really don't.Gone Girl is that remark come to life in modern society. The book is eminently readable from the first sentence. The two protagonists are husband and wife, Nick and Amy, each telling their story firsthand. Amy's, at first, is through a diary. Nick's is easy first person narration. They meet and fall in love, start a storybook life in Fresh York, then both lose their jobs and Amy's sizable trust fund disappears. After a move to Missouri, to Nick's hometown, Amy's Fresh York persona seems to have adapted fairly easily to life in a little midwest town. But Nick is such a jerk to her! She's trying so hard and he doesn't appreciate ck, on the other hand, when it's his turn to talk, seems likable enough; if not a bit on the selfish side, and when you're in his POV, Amy seems a bit too prickly and thin-skinned. I went back and forth, feeling they both required to grow up, compromise, sit down and talk out their t far into the story, Amy disappears. As with any suspicious disappearance, Nick becomes Suspect #1. With his twin sister as his staunchest ally, Nick wars to prove his innocence. However, Amy's diary is troubling in its depictions of Nick's behavior, especially in latest months.(Note: Gillian Flynn's peripheral characters are recognizable and reflective of our society, especially where "true crime" is concerned. The Nancy Grace character, the media in general, the tabloids, the high-profile attorney, the find parties - all gave the book a very "right now in history" feeling.)Then came part two of the book. It's a shocker. Let's just say - Scott Peterson has met his match.I feel that at about the 3/4 point in the book the story got a small too fantastical, but it didn't ruin it for me.I know the ending isn't famous with a lot of reviewers. I hated it...but not in a "bad review" kind of way. Because as I thought about it more, I had to go back to what I said in the first sentence...you never really know...
This is an “amazing” book. Gillian Flynn proves she is a master at understanding how relationships work – the subtleties and nuances and shifting perspectives and multi-layered power plays that are usually inherent in any long-term relationship or marriage. The mystery is good, yes, but the psychology is better; it is outstanding. This book is worth reading purely for its insights into complicated human relationships – the kind that onlookers and outsiders may not understand.Excerpts as examples:1) “Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the easy magic phrase? So you suffer through the night with the perfect-on-paper man – the stutter of jokes misunderstood, the witty remarks lobbed and missed. Or maybe he understands that you’ve created a witty remark but, unsure of what to do with it, he holds it in his hand like some bit of conversational phlegm he will wipe away later. You spend another hour trying to search each other, to recognize each other, and you drink a small too much and test a small too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, That was fine. And your life is a long line of fine.“And then you run into Nick Dunne on Seventh Avenue as you’re buying diced cantaloupe, and pow, you are known, you are recognized, the both of you. You both search the exact same things worth remembering…You have the same rhythm. Click. You just know each other. All of a sudden you see reading in bed and waffles on Sunday and laughing at nothing and his mouth on yours. And it’s so far beyond fine that you know you can never go back to fine. That fast. You think: Oh, here is the rest of my life. It’s finally arrived.”2) “Nick is old-fashioned, he needs his freedom, he doesn’t like to explain himself. He’ll know he has plans with the guys for a week, and he’ll still wait until an hour before the poker android game to tell me nonchalantly, ‘Hey, so I thought I’d join the guys for poker tonight, if that’s okay with you,’ and leave me to be the poor guy if I’ve created other plans. You don’t ever wish to be the wife who keeps her husband from playing poker – you don’t wish to be the shrew with the hair curlers and the rolling pin. So you swallow your disappointment and say okay.”**Spoiler Alert**3) “I’d already pictured myself with a regular woman – a sweet, normal girl next door – and I’d already pictured telling this regular woman the story of Amy, the lengths she had gone to – to punish me and to return to me…Amy was toxic, yet I couldn’t imagine a globe without her entirely. Who would I be with Amy just gone? There were no options that interested me anymore.”
WARNING - MAY CONTAIN SPOILERSWhere do I begin? This novel is BRILLIANT, plain and simple. The main characters are powerful and complex, and the story is totally engrossing, a true page turner.I have been curious about this book for a while now, before the film came out, but having read the negative reviews first (I know, my bad, but it's what I always do) I decided versus reading it, and I couldn't have been more wrong! After seeing a few gif sets of the movie, I decided to give it a go, and boy was I in for a ride! And I had read spoilers beforehand, but I was still completely sucked in and surprised by the turn of azing Amy is a psychopath, but that doesn't stop you from empathising with her and actually rooting for her. Granted, she takes things a bit too far, but I can guarantee there are people far worse than her in true life. The thing is that she does things to obtain her method and when things don't go her way, that's when her psychopathic brilliance unravels with full force. I that if Nick had not cheated, she wouldn't have gone as far as she did, she would have done something to obtain Nick's attention anyway, but nothing as crazy as what she actually did. She IS a psychopath, nothing will change that, it's what you don't do or stop doing that will obtain her going. And Nick cheating does exactly that, sends her into a tailspin (it was actually the cherry on top of the cake: both of them getting fired, having to lend most of her trust fund cash to her parents, moving to Missouri...)I absolutely adored Amy's character! It is such a well written hero and so various from every other female hero that is out there these days. Nick was very amazing too.I don't understand how people can criticise the ending, a Hollywood ending where everything is tied up in a excellent small bow just wasn't possible, and honestly, who would wish it?. She pulls the most ancient move of all time on the guy: trapping him with a pregnancy. And it is brilliant, because Nick knows he'll have to stay with her in order to protect that child, to ensure his/her safety, I have no doubt that Amy would go as far as killing her own kid if something didn't go as she wanted or if Nick did something she didn't like (accuse him of kid molestation or God knows what else). The ending is open, it leaves you wondering, because she thinks she has Nick in the palm of her hand, but does she, really? The question is, how will she retaliate to what he says: "I feel sorry for you because every day you have to wake up and be you", and she says she wishes he hadn't said that and that she can't stop thinking about it. To me it is obvious they will continue battling each other, to see who can outsmart who, Nick being at a disadvantage because he cares about his child; Amy, I don't think she gives a fu**, as long as she gets what she wants.I loved it, loved everything about it, the dual POV's, the diary entries, all the things she does, which some reviewers say are far fetched, I thought they were believable; a unique mention goes to Margo, I really loved her hero and the dynamic with Nick. Do yourself a favour and do not read the negative reviews, buy this book, and have fun it! I'm going to begin reading nn's other books now. Hats off to her for writing such a special story.
Gone Girl:I feel a small flabbergasted, allow down, restless... I feel the ending of a book needs an ending, yet I don't think I got one. I need, must know what happens next... My conscience will not accept an imaginative extended 's truly hard to share my opinions on this book, on the characters, and where my head is at without revealing what I feel is left unknown to those who have not read. But one thing I can say is I thoroughly enjoyed this read even though I required it to give me more.Dark Places:You know when you finally peel away all the papery layers of the skin off an onion and then go to chop into it only to search you’ve missed the slimy translucent movie that still required to be pulled away? Well… That’s how you feel reading Gillian Flynn’s novel Dark Places… The twisting plot, horrific people, and ever changing suspects leave an icky sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach. Even so, Flynn has the ability to create the reader connect with these characters with small to no redeeming values. Why must I yearn for them to search a ‘good ending’?This is the second Gillian Flynn book I’ve read (the first one being Gone Girl) and am satisfied to report it is yet another page turner. Dark Locations takes you through the days leading up to and of a grousome butchering of a mother and her daughters in 1985 while at the same time you’re spending time with the one surviving daughter, Libby Day, in show time as she looks back on that horrific day and to explore what really happened. If you love a amazing ‘whodunit’ mystery and you’re not at all squeamish, this IS your next e deeper I got into the book the more my mind was consumed by gritty and raw thoughts, especially when I was reading late at night. As I fell asleep with the characters, their actions, their thoughts, and what they were going to do next my psyche jumbled everything together and allowed these characters to leave their fictional existence and enter mine… I’ve always found this a sign of a amazing book, when you obtain so engrossed the lines between fictional and reality blur you’re forced to step back and remind yourself the characters do not exists. I immediately started reading Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects after finishing Dark Locations and as I was drifting asleep reading the pages I kept inserting Diondra (a hero from Dark Places) into the pages… At that point I knew (1) Flynn had a done an awesome job at hooking her reader and (2) I was yearning for more out of Dark Places. As with Gone Girl Flynn had taking her ending and set it right next to a attractive bonus box and ribbon… Not quite nice enough to place in the box and tie the bow… leaving me feeling cheated of that ‘good ending’ (with no lose ends) I Objects:Gillian Flynn has the ability to deliver a raw and wicked mystery again and again, leaving the reader (and the characters) feeling unwell. This is the third book I’ve read by Flynn and I once again loved the journey she took me on and I will undoubtedly pick up the next she Sharp Objects we take a journey with journalist Camille Preaker back to her home city to unveil the mystery of latest murders of two preteen girls. Along with Camille we unravel secrets that the Wind Gap locals never thought would see light. In guessing who committed such heinous acts to these young girls I am particularly disappointed with myself. I feel I had my finger on the pulse of the mystery and ending up taking the worm Flynn dangled in front of me, leaving me to ignore the bread crumbs Flynn so carefully laid out for me. Nonetheless, I found my self transfixed with the novel, the characters, the grittiness, the imperfection… If you pick up this novel you will not be disappointed.
If you read books to study the human condition, than this book is worthy of a PH.D in what it means to be human. Never before have a read such sharp insights into what it means to be in a llian Flynn nails what it means to be dysfunctional, which we all are to one extent or another, but she never condemns her characters for their faults. Instead, Flynn shows them for what they are, warts and all, and then dares us to love 's not simple to love Nick and Amy because we come to know them so well, but isn't that what being in an intimate relationship is all about? If marriage were easy, there would be no divorces, but in truth having someone know you to your very bone marrow, means that that they just might use your weaknesses versus you in the power struggle that is a one admits it, but Gillian Flynn isn't afraid to present it in her awesome fresh book Gone Girl. Her portrayal of a marriage gone horribly wrong, makes the reader squirm in their collective seats as Flynn shines the light on problems we have but most of us are too afraid to 's a bit of the plot, but really, it was almost inconsequential for me. Sure, Flynn writes a tight, suspenseful novel, with enough twists to create you feel like your mind has gone through a pretzel machine, but it's her microscopic view of humanity that hits you over the head with the club of truth that causes you to read far into the ck, the husband, loses his wife on their fifth anniversary. The house is a mess, and there's a huge spot of blood on the kitchen floor that's been cleaned up. As he watches helplessly, Nick is eventually accused of murdering his attractive wife. For a while, I was rooting for Nick, then comes a plot twist and I'm wondering if he really did it.Just as I was waiting for it to wrap up, the second half starts and I'm stunned by the next plot twist. I can't even imagine how Gillian Flynn came up with this story, and I'm stunned at how much insight she has into the human psyche. It's like having someone explain quantum physics in a method that you can say you really obtain it.I've already read Dark Locations by Flynn, and now I can't wait to read Sharp Objects. Flynn has just become one of my favorite fresh authors.
Gone Girl Book Review AG“I’d fallen in love with Amy because I was the ultimate Nick with her. Loving her created me superhuman, it created me feel alive.” (Gillian 202) Amy and Nick seemed to be the excellent couple celebrating their seventh year anniversary. However, that is not exactly the real story. Amy moved to Missouri with her husband Nick once Nick’s mom became very ill and their cash was running low. Amy was a Fresh York questionaire journalist and her parents had a series of books called Awesome Amy. These books portrayed Amy as the excellent daughter. Nick was a man who owned a bar with his sister Margo and was a laid off journalist. Although life seemed smooth on the outside, it was a disaster on the inside and became even worse once Amy suddenly went missing on their anniversary. The book takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of happenings traveling through each character’s side of the story and the paths they take. Gillian Flynn creates a twisted story that has the readers pulled in right from the beginning. Did Nick murder Amy or was she kidnapped? Is Amy missing on purpose to escape from Nick? All these questions are running through the minds of the readers as they read this compelling novel. Gillian gives the readers a look into the real complex minds of each hero and the twists and turns that occur with each entry, truly making it something everybody needs to mates and I were very happy that we chose this book for our book club. Of course, we weren’t sure exactly what to expect. First of all, we had never seen the movie, the author and style of writing was unfamiliar to us, and it just wasn’t a book we would normally read. However, we really enjoyed the book and its twisted ways. The author created the readers feel as though they were right in the epic story with the characters. As a reader of this book, I felt as though each min I was on another character's side, making the story even more intriguing. I loved how the author had the reader at one time love Nick and then the next hate him and love Amy. My only criticism for the book is that I was not fond of the ending. The ending was left with a lot of unanswered questions. Although the reader finds out what happens to Amy, there are still a lot of unanswered questions It created me wonder if there will be a part two to the book. The ending had a lot of happenings occurring without much explanation. There were a lot of locations that left me wondering why did this happen or how did Nick deal with Amy. The conclusion all happened too fast, seeming as though the author did not wish to create the book a thousand pages so decided to end it at a random spot that seemed to fit but had its questions. Overall I recommend this book for everyone. It is not just a mystery book, it is a novel about dishonesty, love, abandonment, and trust. The themes presented let readers to learn real lessons in life while also reading this intriguing story. I would also suggest reading the book before the film because I hear they do not contain all happenings or characters from the book in the movie. Also, when one reads the book before the movie, it allows them to place an photo in their mind about what they think each hero will look like. Gillian Flynn is a amazing writer and she truly showed her skills in this novel that deserves to be on everyone's bookshelf as a must read. Gone Girl is a book with both thrilling and intense aspects woven into it. The novel does not have one dull moment. Each happening that occurred will have the readers at the edge of their seat. It is a captivating book that will have everybody waiting desperately for the truth, what really happened to Amy?
Gone Girl BD "Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football..." Amy and Nick Dunne met romanticly at a party and have been happily married for quite awhile. Nick and Amy adored each other very much and enjoyed how their relationship was going, until things started to change. Amy began become a completely various person from the one that Nick thought he originally married. Also, life started to go downhill for both of them concerning their jobs. As life already wasn’t turning out the method Nick thought it would. There was in particular, something very surprising and drastic was waiting for him at home while he was away on their fifth anniversary. Amy was missing and his house looked like a murder/kidnapping scene. After obviously calling the police, Nick was being tested with various things to rule him out as a suspect. Nick understood and wasn’t worried because he knew he didn’t murder his wife. However, after the cops got deeper and deeper into the case, he became the prime suspect. The book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was set up into 3 parts, each progressing further into the story. The first part included Nick’s perspective of the show day and “Amy’s Diary” of their relationship in the past and how they met. However, the two other parts are various from this. Throughout the book, the perspectives switch from Amy to Nick, which I liked because you got a sense of the two sides of the story. Each time the perspectives switched, they gave you a date in which the happenings in that time happened. I also enjoyed this because it created it easier to follow along since we had a sense of how long apart or just how long happenings occurred. I personally enjoyed the book very much. I loved the thrill and the suspense of the book. I also love books that have a intense twist nearing the end of the book, which Gone Girl very much had. The characters and their personalities were portrayed very well and that created me grow connections to some of them, which i love if books can accomplish that. However, the only thing i didn’t like about the book was the ending and how it left the characters off. Without spoiling the actual ending, it just left me with a lot of questions and i felt poor for how certain characters ended up by the end of the book. It was truly unexpected and if i wrote the book, I probably would have ended it differently. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.
WARNING: Semi Spoiler in that you know how I feel about the hero of Amy and you know something took a wild turn to create me feel that method but nothing is given y Elliott Dunn. 4 Days After Reading Her Latest WordsI wish her dead. I have thoughts of so a lot of ways to obtain her dead and have Nick still obtain and hold what he wants. I search myself waking from dreams...brilliant dreams...of killing her. And her not see it coming. Yes this book is that good. I can't stop thinking about it. And the ending has me so effed up that I literally woke up from a dream and wrote this.I bought this book but I actually end up finishing it by borrowing the audio ver from the library. I think because I listened to it, it had more of an result on me. I still here the narrator's voice. And yes I really do wish to strangle Amy just as a favor to Nick. I loved the ride this book too me on. I've never read a mystery/suspense before and for this to be my first, it was awesome. I'm already reading another of Gillian Flynn's novels and I'm looking forward to the roller coaster that awaits me in those pages.
This is the sort of book you have problem leaving, no matter how urgent the demands of living your own life are. While I spent a lot of my reading time thinking, "Noooo!", I expected it to come out all right in the end. My eldest son would love the ending. But I am dissatisfied that a vicious sociopath will be raising another human being. I also wish the Ozark ironic robbers back on the scene, Go and Boney satisfied that Amy is locked away or dead. At the very least I wish Go to have Nick' s book on a memory stick and all the items in Go's shed sold on EBay. I know that life is not fair, but I like my fiction to be, at least a little. That's probably one of the reasons this book is so good. Of course it's well written but Flynn has the courage to leave the creature in put and the creature in Nick forever blackmailed into submission by the advent of a son. Not every sociopath can have a Hitleresque blow out suicide, leaving his pet psychopaths flapping in the wind. Amy is no Madeline, which should create a lot of readers happy, but not me.
This is a difficult book to review without giving anything away. It's about a marriage that has begun to fall apart when the wife goes missing. Did the husband do it?I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's told in alternating narrative and both main characters are writers. It's so well-written with such intricate info and insight into relationships between men and women and true characters with inside jokes. Halfway through the book, I was already looking forward to rereading it, and by Part Two I had forced my boyfriend to begin reading it. He got custody of the book when I fell asleep and stayed up until 2am to [email protected]#$%!.Gone Girl is clever, fun, edge of your seat reading. Tonight, we're going to see the film and can't imagine how they'll translate it for the screen.-Katie O'Rourke, author of Monsoon Season