With the Sharp Objects TV series coming next month, to maintain the natural order of things, I had to read the book.
Some scars never heal . . . An addictive thriller from the author of the mega bestseller GONE GIRL.
When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes.
Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family’s mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows – a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming. Continue reading “Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn”
‘Movie Night’ is the theme for this month’s BookBum Club – read a book that was adapted into a movie. When I first watched Girl, Interrupted, I didn’t know it was based on a book, let alone a true account, so this is one of those rare instances where I saw the film before I read the book.
In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital to be treated for depression. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital renowned for its famous clientele – Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor and Ray Charles.
A clear-sighted, unflinching work that provokes questions about our definitions of sane and insane, Kaysen’s extraordinary memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.
Continue reading “#Nonfiction Book Review: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen”
This is the third book I have buddy read with Beth @ Bibliobeth, she’s my reading good luck charm because each of the three books we have read together, I have awarded the highest praise, aka five stars. This month we chose to read The Nightingale, and I’m sure Beth will agree, this is a book that stays with you long after you have turned the last page!
Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war.
Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Continue reading “Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah”
After 5 or so days of no reading, I decided to abandon all review copies and pick up a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages, and I’m so glad I did. It was just the read I needed, and I had so much fun buddy reading it with Eva @ Novel Deelights.
Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s. Continue reading “Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng”
I’ve been in such a weird reading mood lately where I haven’t wanted to read anything; Don’t Wake Up is May’s Criminally Good Book Club pick, and as that’s my book club on Instagram, I kinda needed to read this one this month. Having already had it on my Kindle, I added audible narration to my purchase and here we are today, I’ve listened to my first audiobook of the year.
A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist.
Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story.
Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.
So compulsive you can’t stop listening. So chilling you won’t stop talking about it. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler (Narrated by Zara Ramm)”