Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The first I heard of this book was on BBC Radio 2 when Chris Evans DJ mentioned it and I just happened to be in between books so I reserved it at the library using my nifty library app on my phone. Ok so most people will know this is now a movie. I have not seen the movie yet. Anyway my main gripe about this book is that I caught a nano second of a trailer with Ben Afflek as Nick Dunne and unfortunately when I started reading the book  Mr Affleck was Nick Dunne. This was annoying because in the book he is supposed to be blonde!

That aside,. I really enjoyed the book. Its a cracking book is this. With so much insight into , dare I say it, the functioning of a relationship. So There are loads of plot twists in this book and I am not sure how much to say or not to say.

Ok so Nick and Amy are the perfect couple and she is the cool girl to his lazed back guy. She doesn’t like it that he doesn’t remember everything exactly as she wants it to be remembered. This part I could relate to because I remember when I started dating my husband thinking every moment was existential and he couldn’t even recall what I was wearing or where we had gone! Anyway things started to get ugly when Amy disappears and Nick being the husband is the prime suspect.  The format is alternating  segments of Nick’s tale and entries from Amy’s diary beginning seven years previous in 2005. There are twists and sudden developments that will have you leaping from your bed; the twists are good and well handled.

Flynn succeeds in painting the picture of the breakdown of a relationship. Its such a brilliant read because its not so far fetched. not sure I like the ending though!

Makes me want to read:

Heads Off (A Lisa Becker Mystery Book 1) by Falko Rademacher

 

Rated 7

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Split Second by David Baldacci

Another satisfying read from Baldacci. Set in my favourite US city – Washington DC. It tells the tale of a former secret service agent Sean King and how he helps Michelle to find her protectee who was kidnapped on the campaign trail. As ever he weaves an intricate storyline that is compelling and hooks you in. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was a bit …meh. but the ride was still enjoyable. I will be on the lookout for more in the series.

Rated 6

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

I read this book with/for my 9 year old son. He absolutely loved the book and found it endearing. Every night he looked forward to bedtime so we could find out what happened next to Joe Spud – the billionaire boy. The illustrator is Tony Ross who also illustrates for Horrid Henry so the book suffers from a cense of feeling as though you are reading a horrid henry book when you are reading it…..which is probably a good thing for those little ones who love henry.

 

SO joe is filthy rich but unhappy because he has no friends. He decides to go to the local comp (incognito) to try and make friends. What ensues is a hilarious oftimes dark tales of how wealth can affect those around you. Strong moral character to the story that reminded me of Roald Dahl- only big difference being that Walliams , unlike Dahl, doesnt kill off the adults who are mean and undeserving of the children’s love.

 

Definitely must read for little ones if so inclined. There is mention of Page 3 stunner which might not necessarily meet approval of some people. I winced a bit at that myself but lucklily my son has no idea what it means.

 

Rated 6