The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
2015 Book #: 43
My Rating: **** (4 out of 5)
As you may know, I love Gillian Flynn, so when my best book friend (thanks Amy!) told me she had a new read coming out, I downloaded it the day it was available. This is a short story, which George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) asked Flynn to write for his anthology.
It was a quick read, but much like her other books, quite an intense ride. A story of a woman working as a fake psychic, who meets another woman living in a mysterious house and quickly gets wrapped up in a dark family. A few twists and turns and I was completely hooked... I just wish it was longer!
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
2015 Book #: 44
My Rating: *** (3 out of 5)
Tóibín’s book, Brooklyn, was one of my favorite reads of 2014 (and just recently came out as a movie), so I was anxious to read another of his.
Nora Webster is a widow with four children, living in Wexford, Ireland. Her husband, Maurice was her rock and now she feels like her world has fallen apart. Although the story was well written and in one of my favorite settings (Ireland), I had a really hard time getting through the book.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
2015 Book #: 45
My Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)
Oh, this book. From the moment I read the first page I knew I was in for a treat. The writing was beautiful and the story was captivating. Told over a 24-year period, the husband, Lotto's view is the first half of the book and the wife, Mathilde's is the second half.
Fates and Furies reminded me of 3 of my all time favorite books: Gone Girl, The Goldfinch and The Secret History. When it recently came out as the President's favorite book of 2015, I was not at all surprised, as it may in fact be mine too. Definitely put this one of your reading list!
The Girl With a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
2015 Book #: 46
My Rating: ** (2 out of 5)
Going from an amazing 5 star book to a mediocre 2 star book can be difficult, but I managed to get through it. Phew! Over the summer I read Swanson's The Kind Worth Killing and enjoyed it, so thought this one might be good too. Unfortunately it just didn't do it for me.
George's college love committed suicide their freshman year, but strangely shows up 20 years later in a Boston bar. I thought this was going to be a book I couldn't put down, but after the last page I was actually happy to put it down.