The Woman in the Window by A J Finn

5 stars from me

I received this book as a birthday present from my son which allowed me to indulge in the luxury of reading a hardback!

I read The Woman in the Window in three sittings, and if I hadn’t have had to go out (i.e. to work!) it would have been two. Is this a compliment, I hope so, I thought A J Finn was a woman as they captured Anna’s perspective so well. Reminiscent of Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train – only in so much as they are all absolute slam dunks!

The story telling and the creation of poor Dr Anna Fox’s world is magnificent. I lived and breathed her locked in world with her and saw life through her eyes. The old movie references throughout were utterly sublime and made me crave a slice of her bonkers existence!

A few have bemoaned that they saw twists coming. I thought I had as well but on reflection I wonder if some of the ‘twists’ are so obvious that you are meant to suss them out because you then read on with that knowledge in your head, which I feel enhances the depth of the story in a lot of ways.

I didn’t guess the overall ‘whodunnit and why’ and I truly enjoyed racing my way through these pages. I simply have to give it 5 stars as I now feel slightly bereft that its over and I can no longer dip into Anna’s world.

A great, fast paced, wham bam thank you mam of a read.

 

Synopsis: 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.

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark PlacesThe synopsis: Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…

I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Having recently read Gone Girl and loved that I was almost expecting Dark Place to be a let down but it so wasn’t.

Dark Places is a fabulously gripping and engrossing tale that unfolds before your eyes like a car crash that you can’t help but watch.

I didn’t guess the ending which is pretty rare these days and I found the key elements which were woven into the story to be clever rather than clumsy and annoying (like I so often do!).

Gillian Flynn writes beautifully, effortlessly (well to read, it’s probably darn hard work to write) and engagingly. Her characters are alive in your mind and you care about each and you can’t help but have feelings about each and every one of them. You hate the bad guys, feel empathy with the victims and fear/sorrow/pride as required for the main stars.

This is a great book and Gillian Flynn is bloody star!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

5 stars from me

Brilliant book!

This is the first book in a very long time that I have been simply unable to put down. About halfway through I found myself desperate to talk to people about it and speculate on how it would end.

I had about three possible endings in mind (none of which were entirely correct) and I found myself reading faster and faster in my keeness to see how the author concluded the story.

The writing style was immediately engaging with painfully accurate depictions of personality types and flaws. I loved how the characters chose their outward personas. Something they did so well that it made me wonder how many people do it in real life; I guess we all do in a way.

I won’t spoil the story for those of you who haven’t read it. I personally would have ended it differently but I think its actual ending works well. Suffice to say that I wholly recommend Gone Girl as a ‘good read’ and I hope you enjoy it!

Synopsis: 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 from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. 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? 

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?