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Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Are females more psycho? At least the books that I am reading these days are making me think so. Sharp Objects was scary in more aspects as compared to the other books by Gillian Flynn, i.e. Gone Girl and Dark Places. This one deals with depression like neither did and so about the craziness to hurt – yourself, others, anyone.

Sharp Objects as the name of the book suggests the cuts and the words that the main protagonist of the story, Camille Preaker carves on herself when she feels different. So, tell me are you a female? Did you feel crazy at some point in your life? Did you feel the need to do such cut/carve on yourself? Not even once? Sach mei (truly)? Okay, confession time: I am a typical female and have felt multiple times such a need, and even in the past one month too. But let us not make this review of a psycho book – about “me”, just read it, because you must, if you like this genre even a tiny-weeny bit. I am not saying anything more about this book since I feel I will divulge the climax of the story, oops, perhaps just by mistake.

Two of my favorite quotes from the book:

Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. I have known so many sick women all my life. Women with chronic pain, with ever-gestating diseases. Women with conditions. Men, sure, they have bone snaps, they have backaches, they have a surgery or two, yank out a tonsil, insert a shiny plastic hip. Women get consumed.

They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow, washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss.

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Book blurb:

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

About the author:
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. Her work has been published in forty-one languages.

Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. The book is now an HBO® limited series starring Amy Adams.

Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. In 2015, the movie adaptation starring Charlize Theron was released.

Flynn’s third novel, Gone Girl, was an international sensation and a runaway hit that has spent more than one hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists. Gone Girl was named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine and Janet Maslin at the New York Times. Nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award for Best Novel, Flynn wrote the screenplay for David Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of Gone Girl for the big screen, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Her newest release, The Grownup, is an Edgar Award-winning short story and an homage to the classic ghost story. Universal has optioned the rights to The Grownup.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Website: gillian-flynn.com
Twitter: @TheGillianFlynn

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Thriller
Book Name: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 394
Publication Year: 2006
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Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I was looking for an interesting read, starting off and discarding books in between left, right and left. And then I wondered if my interest was in one of the authors that I have already read and yayy, the answer was Gillian Flynn. Though the time I had read Gone Girl, I had flashbacks of the coming scenes of the book seeming like I had already read/ seen it. I had neither. And thus, I decided my mind is more attuned to psycho-thrillers and to Gillian Flynn specifically.

Dark Places, yet another psycho-thriller masterpiece by Gillian, is a notch above Gone Girl, by all standards, especially with respect to the ending. My thoughts exactly. A family murdered gruesomely overnight, and culprit one of the family itself, jailed for years and years and the other surviving sibling crazy in her own way. The reading was scary, tempo change at just the right places and a book, I completed in two days flat. Perfect no? Now you know my recipe of completing so many books, which is, read a book in the genre that you like and just keep on reading the same till you are bored or cannot hold of another good book in the same genre.

Two of my favorite quotes from the book:

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.

Don’t be discouraged – every relationship you have is a failure, until you find the right one.

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Book blurb:

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

About the author:
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. Her work has been published in forty-one languages.

Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. The book is now an HBO® limited series starring Amy Adams.

Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. In 2015, the movie adaptation starring Charlize Theron was released.

Flynn’s third novel, Gone Girl, was an international sensation and a runaway hit that has spent more than one hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists. Gone Girl was named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine and Janet Maslin at the New York Times. Nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award for Best Novel, Flynn wrote the screenplay for David Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of Gone Girl for the big screen, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Her newest release, The Grownup, is an Edgar Award-winning short story and an homage to the classic ghost story. Universal has optioned the rights to The Grownup.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Website: gillian-flynn.com
Twitter: @TheGillianFlynn

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Thriller
Book Name: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 370
Publication Year: 2009

Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

My blog now has a fair share of psycho-thrillers this past year: Gone GirlThe Woman in the Window and The Girl on the Train (click on the hyperlinks to check my review of these books).

Written in similar style as Gone Girl (diary entries of past) and The Girl on the Train (back and forth of timeline), Sometimes I Lie will interest those who love psycho-thrillers with back-to-back twists. At time when you will think ab bas ho gaya (now the story ahead should be plain vanilla), a new twist will occur. No no, do not worry, I am not giving any spoilers away, just telling you to expect the unexpected like the famous Gone Girl. But somehow you know what happened while I was reading the book and drawing so many parallels between this and its predecessors (and that too not consciously every single time), I felt it as a drag. Perhaps, I was reading too much in-between lines to guess which was truth and which was a lie and again perhaps, if I would have taken a break of 6 months between two psycho-thrillers, I would have better appreciated the same.

However, this being a debut book, the book is written in the way thrillers are supposed to be written. I am sure you would not have guessed the end since most murder mysteries make the husband the culprit. Well, he may or may not be in this book 😉 So, check the book blurb below and if you find it interesting (I did find it good enough), do go ahead and start reading it. Next on my radar is yet another psycho-thriller The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, but I will take at least a month long break now 🙂

Few of my favorite lines from the book (and these were just at the start of the book, later I got so engrossed and at others so bored that I forgot highlighting them in kindle so that it is available for ready reference in my goodreads profile):

A lot of people would think I have a dream job, but nightmares are dreams too.

I can play all the parts life has cast me in, I know all my lines; I’ve been rehearsing for a very long time.

People are not mirrors—they don’t see you how you see yourself.

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Book blurb:
My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

 

About the author:
Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent 16 years at the BBC, where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O’clock News Producer. She has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her dog – a giant black Labrador who is scared of feathers. Sometimes I Lie is her debut thriller and is being published around the world. It is soon to be a TV series.

Website: alicefeeney.com
Twitter: @alicewriterland
Facebook: @AliceFeeneyAuthor

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Thriller
Book Name: Sometimes I Lie
Author: Alice Feeney
Pages: 387
Publication Year: 2017

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

For years, I was scared to pick up Gone Girl, the famous psycho-thriller though I had read The Woman in the Window (click on the hyperlink to check my review of this book read a few months back) and The Girl on the Train (click on the hyperlink to check my review of this book read more than a year back). However, this time, I planned to skip my fears and give it the much awaited time it needs (for I have plenty of time these days ignoring the amount of effort it takes to raise a baby).

Have you read a book and felt deja vu? Not in the sense that you have read the book previously but that you have seen it or more like, you can predict the exact scene of what is to happen next. If you are wondering that perhaps I may have watched the movie, then no, I have not. I just watched the trailer of Gone Girl (2014) just before starting to write this review and it did not look at all similar to the scenes I saw in my mind as flashback while reading the book. In fact I googled to find out if there was any other adaptation of the book, but unfortunately, I could not find anything. If you do know any such movie or TV episode, please do let me know in the comments below, for I am stunned to think that I can also write psycho-thriller and if my mind works like the Amazing Amy! Just kidding…

So enough about me and my book finickiness, coming to the book, I simply loved it – the rise and fall of tempo, the two perspectives, the back and forth of timeline and the amazing skills of diary writing of Amy (hey, I am not giving anything away but I think I too can write such now). And the book makes me want to say that love is such a questionable entanglement! The book is definitely better than the other two psycho-thrillers I have read and if you are in love of such genre, you MUST pick this book.

Two of my favorite quotes from the book:

Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.

Wear this, don’t wear that. Do this chore now and do this chore when you get a chance and by that I mean now. And definitely, definitely, give up the things you love for me, so I will have proof that you love me best.

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Book blurb:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

About the author:
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. Her work has been published in forty-one languages.

Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. The book is now an HBO® limited series starring Amy Adams.

Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. In 2015, the movie adaptation starring Charlize Theron was released.

Flynn’s third novel, Gone Girl, was an international sensation and a runaway hit that has spent more than one hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists. Gone Girl was named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine and Janet Maslin at the New York Times. Nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award for Best Novel, Flynn wrote the screenplay for David Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of Gone Girl for the big screen, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Her newest release, The Grownup, is an Edgar Award-winning short story and an homage to the classic ghost story. Universal has optioned the rights to The Grownup.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Website: gillian-flynn.com
Twitter: @TheGillianFlynn

Facebook: @authorgillianflynn

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Thriller
Book Name: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 415
Publication Year: 2012

Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Ethereal Jinxed | Book Review | The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

OMG, I absolutely loved it. Of course, it was more so related to the factor that I had not read psycho-thrillers since long. But then, I have not read many other genres as well since a long time while focusing only on the light reads and the detective ones. My last such psycho-thriller was The Girl on the Train (click on the hyperlink to check my review of this book read more than a year back) and gosh, it had given me nightmares for almost a week then. So, it was some trepidation that I picked a similar sounding book The Woman in the Window recommended in my reading group. So here is my review:

Have you been alone for a long time? If not physically, but mentally even when people surrounded you? Even if it was for a short time, but it felt mightily longer? So much so that the loneliness in your mind/ heart made you start assuming stuff and wondering what is real and what is in your dreams? You tell me no. But what about some bad dream or some single instance that affected you/ your thinking? And have you never ever ever been interested in the doings of others? Don’t tell me, but do not lie to yourselves. I have done that – online stalking and at one time, I was on the verge of breaking point. I still do now, but hey, what will a housewife (me temporarily) do other than reading books and eating chocolates (my two favorite tasks) to take a break.

That is the premise of the book of the human psyche. There is not a single thing I found in the book which was extraneous. Everything combined together perfectly in the end and the feeling for me was ecstatic. I could hear the background music hum-dum-dum with every rise and fall of the scenes. And if you would hear any negatives about this book, it is more because such books have flooded the market (like the craze of mythology fictions) – the psycho-thrillers where the protagonist is a female and unreliable. But heya, you should not doubt my high opinion of this book since I had tried it after very very long time.

I would not give anything away other than to tell you – read on this book if you love psycho-thrillers but not otherwise if you have a weak heart (I had that once but now I think I am super-strong keeping aside horror ones, or maybe I will give that genre also a try soon).

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Book blurb:

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

About the author:
A.J. Finn, pseudonym for Daniel Mallory, has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement(UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years as a book editor before returning to New York City.

Tid-bit: Daniel Mallory, a senior editor at William Morrow, wrote his suspense-laden thriller under the nom de plume A J Finn where his own publishing house bought it without knowing the same. A well-known figure in the literary world, he was ‘terrified everyone would hate it and I’d end up with egg on my face’.

Instagram: @ajfinnbooks
Twitter: @AJFinnBooks

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Thriller
Book Name: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Pages: 449
Publication Year: 2018
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