Posts Tagged ‘ Murder ’

Gone Girl — Pick This up NOW!

I’m honestly not sure where I got this novel from. I don’t know if I picked it up after checking out the NYT Bestsellers or if I just stumbled across the cover at Target, but it’s been on my kindle for a while now. I finally picked it up earlier this week. I will say, it took just a bit to get into it, but once I did I couldn’t put it down.

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is mystery/suspense novel that tells the tale of Amazing Amy Dunne, writer, devoted wife, and leading lady of the children’s novels “Amazing Amy” who goes missing on her five year anniversary. Naturally, her husband Nick, becomes a lead suspect but things aren’t always what they seem and there are plenty of surprises to go around.

This novel is written in a “He said/she said” type of forum which makes it very entertaining and as you round the half way point, Flynn reels you in for an edge of your seat shocker.

Pick this book up and I doubt you’ll be sorry.

**Note: There is some graphic language . . . so if you get all butt hurt about stuff like that, go ahead and avoid this one**


House Rules – It Fits the Formula Mostly

I’ve read every Jodi Picoult novel that has been written. Well, except for Songs of the Humpback Whale . . . because, I mean . . . what?! That book sounds totally and completely boring. Plus, her earlier novels didn’t fit the formula that I like. This formula is: story about a family usually narrated by each member of the family plus the lawyers and any law enforcement that might be involved; something happens and one of the characters ends up in court; the novel is spent jumping around the truth; BAM a twist ending.

The first novel I read by Picoult was My Sister’s Keeper. If you haven’t read this novel, I strongly suggest you head to the bookstore, or download it on your ereader. It’s a great read. Ignore the movie adaptation that came out. That shit sucked.

Anyway, House Rules tells the story of  a single mother raising her two teenage sons. One son is perfectly normal, and the other one is on the autism scale classified as having Asperger’s Syndrome. The son, Jacob, meets with a tutor, Jess, every Tuesday and Sunday and she works with his social skills and integrating his symptoms into every day life. But, after an argument on a Sunday, Jess is reported missing by her boyfriend on a Tuesday and found dead shortly after. Jacob is the prime suspect in the case and the novel approaches the judicial system and how it is fair for some, but not for all.

The novel is well written. I enjoyed the autism facts that were sporadically placed throughout the novel. The characters were all pretty likable and I got to the point that I didn’t want to put the novel down until it was finished. However, the issue that I have with Picoult novels after reading them all (or most all of them) is that I’m waiting for the twist ending. And in this case . . . it didn’t really come. Or maybe it did but I had totally figured it out way in advance? I knew as soon as Jess came up missing exactly what happened to her and I feel like the average reader will too. However, the novel still flows nicely and is a pretty decent read.

Now, I’m off to read the next novel Sing Me Home. Also, I’m running out of novels to read . . . any suggestions?

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein

I try to read a bunch of different novels. Otherwise, I would only be “The chick who reads Harry Potter” or “The chick who reads Chick Lit” or “The chick who reads crappy stuff all the time and then forces us to read her crappy reviews” (I honestly hope I’m not that last one . . .) Anyway, so after reading the completely horrific City of Bones, I decided to spend a little time with Dean Koontz. I like reading novels by the likes of him and James Patterson because they are such quick reads. The chapters are usually only a couple of pages and because they are so quick to get through, I end up saying I’m going to just finish this one . . .  and two hours later I’ve finished the book and lost a decent amount of sleep.

Anyway, in this novel Koontz reminds me why I get into “cop drama’s” (Like The Killing on AMC? ZOMG! Can’t wait for the season finale tonight!) There is never one set story to follow, but a whole bunch of characters that slowly intertwine into one pretty rocking page turner. The main gist of the novel is Victor Frankenstein, from Mary Shelley fame, is actually a real person. He made his monster and has kept himself alive for over 200 years. Frankenstein (known as Victor Helios in this novel) is currently living in New Orleans and making creatures to complete his “new race” which will eventually take over the “old race.” Unfortunately, one of his creations has gone against everything he has been programmed for and is killing people to find out why and how they are different from him.

The two detectives, Carson and Michael, are working on a case involving a killer nicknamed “The Surgeon” who is taking specific body parts. What they don’t realize is they might be in over their head with this case. There might be something a little more supernatural at work.

This novel has a lot of characters in it, but I never felt overwhelmed or forgot what each character’s role was in the novel. It had a few twists and turns that made the novel interesting. And it leaves a nice ending that gets you excited for the next novel, but doesn’t leave you completely hanging and anxious for more (like season 3 of Breaking Bad . . . WTF AMC!?).

I’m looking forward to my inter-library-loan’s to come in so I can continue the series! I’ll keep reviewing the rest . . .  but go ahead and pick up this page turner.