April was a crazy month- I can’t believe how busy it was and how quickly it went by. I’m going to use that excuse to half way explain why I didn’t exactly fulfill my reading goal for the month too. The other half of the excuse? You’ll just have to read the reviews…
Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
Continuing with my trend from last month- I just couldn’t get enough of Flynn’s terrifying mysteries. I have to say, this was my favorite of her three novels. It was also the goriest to read and gave me plenty of nightmares, but isn’t that exactly what should happen while reading a GREAT crime novel? This one takes place in another small rural community dealing with a very poor family. A poor family that is completely annihilated one night except for one sister and the only brother. I won’t say too much, but the brother is pinned for killing his entire family while his baby sister escapes into the cold night. The book flashes back and forth between all family members in typical Flynn style and she does an amazing job giving life to dead characters. If you haven’t read it please do, just leave a nightlight on 😉 Buy it here.
I Don’t Know How She Does It, Allison Pearson
I put this book on my list because I remember hearing great things when it came out forever ago. Plus, I wanted to watch the movie version with Sarah Jessica Parker and the book is always better so I thought I better read the book first. Well, I will NEVER be watching the movie, because if the book is better the movie must be total garbage. I gave up on this novel about halfway through. The bizarre British humor (which I usually love) was unbelievably irritating, almost as irritating as the main character. Her life is crazy with a few children, a high paying job that puts her as the breadwinner (gasp!) and a difficult relationship with her in-laws (double gasp!) I thought the whole thing was incredibly boring. Now, I know what you’re thinking- if I’m looking for substance I shouldn’t purchase books with pink covers, but I LOVE Chick-Lit and see no reason why it can’t be smart and entertaining. So there you have it. If you’re so inclined, here’s where you can pick up a copy.
Have you read either of these books? If so I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts. Leave me a comment!