Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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. 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?

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Review:

This was the first book by Gillian Flynn that I bought (although I do have two copies – one print, one e-book). I bought it before the film and hype, but have only just got around to reading it. I will say now that while it was a good read, the ending left me going “huh?”
The book is split into three parts – the build-up, the truth, the ending. I got what had actually happened to Amy right from the word go, saw it coming mile off. I did think it was clever though, and a lot of thought has gone into the plot. There are quite a few twists and turns thrown in, keeping the reader hooked. However, I didn’t feel like I could completely connect with any of the characters. I didn’t like either Amy or Nick, but as it turns out that was possibly what the author wanted – it certainly helps to accept the ending if you are unsympathetic towards them.

And then there is the ending. I didn’t see it coming at all, although I probably should have. It was a bit blah, and I had to re-read the last chapter to make sure I hadn’t missed something. However it makes sense to the storyline.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery but isn’t fussed by HEAs. I wouldn’t call this book a thriller or a chiller, but it certainly hits the psychological description. It’s almost a tragic, f’ed-up romance, but without the love.

Four stars, because it’s well-written and kept me hooked but left me feeling a bit confused.

Book Review: An Executive Decision by Grace Marshall

An Executive Decision (An Executive Decision Trilogy Book 1)

An Executive Decision

By Grace Marshall

Blurb (taken from Amazon):

Overworked CEO Ellison Thorne has no time for sex, let alone romance. The only answer, at least where his retiring business partner Beverly is concerned, is a no-strings sex clause in her replacement’s contract, designed to make Ellis’ busy life easier – and hotter. But she’s joking, right?

When Dee Henning takes over Beverly’s job, sparks fly between her and Ellis, but work takes priority in driven Dee’s life too. Can one night of passion in a Paris hotel room prove Beverly’s Sex Clause is their secret to success in the boardroom and the bedroom, and what will happen if that private clause becomes public knowledge?

Review:

I have to say that at first I was a bit dubious about the basic story line of this book. A powerful CEO, implements the “Executive Sex Clause” with his new executive assistant – which basically means that they have sex because he doesn’t have time for a relationship. But, I was pleasantly surprised! Ellison Thorne is your typical rich, gorgeous, and horny alpha male. Dee Henning is a beautiful, feisty female with a brain and a healthy bank balance.

I loved the instant connection with Ellis and Dee. There was no hesitation or denying their attraction, the ESC was put in place, and the hot sex starts as soon as the story does.

The plot follows not only the relationship of the two main characters, but also their business deals and the underhand tactics of Tally Barnes. Tally is a woman scorned – not out of love, although it’s clear she fancies Ellis, but because Dee was given a job that Tally thinks should have been hers.

Anyone who likes a hot, sexy romance with plenty of action and intrigue should certainly pick this book up and give it a go.

I’m giving this four stars because it was a great story and well-written, but it wasn’t one that I had to read in one go. I was able to put it down and walk away for several days. However, I will most definitely be starting on the second book, Identity Crisis, tonight.

Book Review: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Deja Dead

By Kathy Reichs

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Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern — and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her — her best friend and her own daughter — in mortal danger…

Review:

It took me a long time to get into this book, and several months to read. The story takes several chapters to really start, with a fair amount of vague background into Tempe Brennan’s life. However, the final few chapters took off and were excellent with plenty of action and intrigue.

The story follows Tempe Brennan seeking out a suspected serial killer, but met with a brick wall when it comes to convincing her colleagues.

There is some tension with regards to her friendships and concerns, but I wasn’t surprised by the outcome.

Overall I did enjoy the book, the story wasn’t all that unique but it was well written and I will read other Kathy Reichs books. I was only disappointed in how long it took for the story to become interesting.

For Bones fans, please do not read this expecting to see Emily Deschanel and David Boreanez – you will be sorely disappointed. The characters are nothing alike.

Book Review: Not Juliet, By Ella Medler

Not Juliet: Addicted To Love Romance Collection

Blurb (taken from Amazon):

Riella Smith, an unconventional Romany Princess, travels to Tuscany on the trail of her father’s challenger, to delay him and prevent unnecessary bloodshed and humiliation. What she expects is trouble from a fearsome rival. But life is rarely that easy.

The trouble she finds is of a different kind. Soon, she faces the toughest decision of her life – again – though it should really be a no-brainer. All she has to do is choose between her people and a myth.

After all, there’s no such thing as love at first sight.

Review:

A beautifully sweet tale taking part in the wonderful setting of Italy, Not Juliet will take you through the highs and lows of true love at first sight. Following the story of Riella, daughter of a Gypsy king, and her mysterious knight in shining armour, Luca, you will be completely captured by the brilliant story telling of Ella Medler.

From the high-powered action scenes, to the scintillating sex, Not Juliet is a light-hearted book that makes for a great holiday read. I would highly recommend this story for on the beach or by the pool. It is easy to get into, and difficult to put down once you become immersed in the the plot of love, loyalty, and betrayal.

Ella is able to keep readers hooked right from the beginning, weaving twists and turns into her writing leaving you wanting more. Not Juliet is well-deserving of a 5-star rating.

 

You can download Not Juliet onto your Kindle via Amazon