Throwback Thursday: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I read this book at the end of 2012 and FLEW through it. I mean it was a stay up until 2am reading sort of book. Gone Girl began my obsession with all things Gillian Flynn. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have started to hear all about the upcoming movie. The full length trailer came out a week or so ago and I knew I HAD to reread this book.
Before I started Gone Girl again, I wondered if it would be as good the second time around. The beauty of this book really is the mystery and the suspense. Would it be the same the second time around? Naturally, it can’t be AS good the second time… but it was still pretty wonderful. I found myself reading it during every free minute of my day…. still so addicting!
Long story short, if you haven’t read this book yet, 1) shame on you and 2) please read it immediately. Or if you already read it…. give it another read! And of course…. in case you missed it, here was my original review for the book.
Interested in something else by Flynn? Check out two of her other novels that I enjoyed:
Life After Life: Kate Atkinson
I’ll admit… I finished this book a couple weeks ago now. I’ve been out of town the past couple weekends so I’ve been having some trouble finding time to write. As you may remember, I mentioned having high hopes for this novel. The hype for this one was pretty huge- I’m pretty sure I saw this novel on 95% of the 2013 best fiction lists. I like to give these trendy books a chance; I mean people love them for a reason right?
Unfortunately, I don’t really get the hype behind Life After Life. It’s hard to explain… but I just didn’t really get it (and I hate when I don’t get books… it makes me feel dumb). First of all, full disclosure, this probably wasn’t the best book for me to read. A little background… I’m a pretty fast reader. That means I can make it through a substantial amount of literature in a short time, but on the negative side, that means that sometimes I miss things when I read. Usually it doesn’t matter too much as I pick up a majority of the material. But in this book, I think it was really a disadvantage for me since the novel jumps around in time from chapter to chapter.
Life After Life is about a British woman named Ursula. Ursula is born and dies right away (her umbilical cord gets stuck around her neck). But then, she is reborn. This happens throughout her life- she dies in a variety of ways and then comes back to life with the chance to change her life (and the lives of those around her). The book jumps around from year to year- back and forth, really all over the place. The majority of the book is setting during the two World Wars. I’m usually a fan of reading fiction from that time period but even that couldn’t redeem this book for me. It just jumped around way too much and was incredibly hard to follow.
So I know I said this already… but I just didn’t get it. The hype behind this book really baffles me and I half think that I totally missed the point or something. Such high hopes for this book…. So disappointing. Here’s to hoping my next summer read is a little better!
Has anyone read Life After Life and loved it?
"What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?"
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Still making my way through this book… hoping to have a review out for everyone next week!
Currently Reading: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Heard a lot of hype on this one… let’s see if it lives up to it.
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