Dark Places

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Author: Gillian Flynn

Page Count: 349

Genre: Psychological thriller, Mystery.

Book synopsis: A woman confronts traumatic, childhood memories of the murder of her mother and two sisters when she investigates the possibility that her brother is innocent of the crime.

Movie Adaptation: Dark Places (2015)

Gone Girl led me here, lead me to read this one! And let me tell you, this one doesn’t disappoint!  Flynn spins off this piece with quite ease, thanks to her spot-on narrative style, which she has aced!

This book mostly covers what happened after the big event,  but it occasionally keeps swivelling back to the events before the big one.

It is really nicely written! I really appreciate the way Flynn  has arranged the specks of events, far apart but not so much to seem far fetched or disorderly! You might think you were there all the way or almost there only to be proved wrong!

Wrong people,  wrong perspectives, spurious events and the tedious that is the life and task of a survivor, and the exhaustive investigation,  plus the survivor’s quest for the truth,  for the unclouded version of the truth, is artfully revealed.

Here’s an excerpt:

Libby Day

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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. It’s the Day blood. Something’s wrong with it. I was never a good little girl, and I got worse after the murders. Little Orphan Libby grew up sullen and boneless, shuffled around a group of lesser relatives—second cousins and great-aunts and friends of friends—stuck in a series of mobile homes or rotting ranch houses all across Kansas. Me going to school in my dead sisters’ hand-me-downs: Shirts with mustardy armpits. Pants with baggy bottoms, comically loose, held on with a raggedy belt cinched to the farthest hole. In class photos my hair was always crooked—barrettes hanging loosely from strands, as if they were airborne objects caught in the tangles—and I always had bulging pockets under my eyes, drunk-landlady eyes. Maybe a grudging curve of the lips where a smile should be. Maybe.

The novel along with its complex storyline is dark, almost disturbing (Massacre, Satanic cults). Make sure you have something happy to do while reading this or else the darkness will sweep you over. Incredibly demented , it’ll keep you scared, yet riveted to keep going!

You just sort of hang onto the book, hang on to it all the way, step by step until absolute finality finds you.

Finally, Flynn indeed accomplishes her mission to keep you guessing!  Maybe that is infact the motto she lives by!

Do not read this if you like happy novels. This book may probably be the literature version of Black Metal music.

 

Reviews:

Critics: 3.9/5

I’d rate it: 4/5

Tell Me Your Dreams

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Author: Sidney Sheldon.

Genre: (Fiction, based on actual cases) Thriller.

No of Pages:    363                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Book Synopsis: Three beautiful young women are suspected of committing a series of brutal murders. The police make an arrest that leads to one of the most bizarre murder trials of the century.Based on real medical cases, Sheldon’s novel races from London to Rome to the city of Quebec to San Francisco, with a climax that will the reader stunned.

Movie Adaptation: Anniyan (2005).

 

Q)Whats better than Sidney Sheldon writing murder-thrillers?

A) Sidney Sheldon writing psychological-murder-thrillers with several unreliable narratives!

This is one of his books I swear you don’t put down till you reach the end!  I specifically remember this piece keeping me up till 4 at dawn! The best part is,  it starts all quite plain and ordinary only to surprise you further on!

The narrative lets you explore three distinctive lives, lets you travel four different locations, while keeping you on your toes! As aptly put by New York Daily News, ‘If you want a novel you simply cannot put down, go to Sheldon’.

Here’s what the very first paragraph of the very first chapter tells you:

Someone was following her. She had read about stalkers, but they belonged in a different, faraway world. She had no idea who it could be, who would want to harm her. She was trying desperately hard not to panic, but lately her sleep had been filled with nightmares, and she had awakened each morning with a feeling of impending doom.

You could give this a shot also if you enjoy reading judicial court matters and trials (who doesn’t? )

I actually did have higher expectations from the book, but that’s perfectly okay, since it in no way whatsoever diminuted the experience.

Well, I probably need to stop here: Giving any further details would prove disastrous. Also ‘coz I am a really nice person.

Imagine if a random stranger in the street grabs hold of your arm and whispers, ‘Tell me your dreams!’. Hey you just found your date!

“A penny for a spool of thread,

A penny for a needle

That’s the way the money goes

Pop! Goes the weasel”

*Ron Weasley does not approve* (Rhymes right? Yes it rhymes. Yes it does.Okay)

 

Ratings:

Critics: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I’d rate it: ♥ ♥ ♥