Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gone Girl, Not Gone At All

 Gone Girl: A Novel, a spectacular thriller, was released June 5, 2012 and it's been smashing the charts ever since. It has been in the top 10 on USA Today's Top Ten Book List and the NY times best seller list for 17 weeks and sold over 1.5 million copies.  There's no doubt about it, Gone Girl is here to stay.  If you enjoy crime fiction and psychological thrillers here are a few of my favorites from this past year.

Gone Girl was an exciting roller coaster read for me.  I personally thought I had it figured out in the first 50 pages (ha! ha! ha!). I also thought one of the characters was timid and should have a bit more back bone. After reading further into the story (well let's just say) I could not have been more wrong!   I would say this book has a plot that twists, but that is not quite accurate, this book has hair pin turns that will leave you wondering, how you missed it?!  I caught myself cringing and turning the page to see what would happen next.  If you like fast paced reads, which give you quite a few twists and turns, read this book.  Do not read it because everyone's reading it (which they are), but read it because it is an excellent crime fiction thriller.

I also enjoyed  Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. This is a fantastic story. Christine's memories are gone every morning when she wakes up.  She has no clue who is sleeping beside her, who her friends are and her only help is a journal she keeps hidden from everyone. She wakes afraid every morning and struggles through the day to relearn who she is and wonders what happened to make her this way.  This is a mesmerizing novel that will keep you hooked from cover to cover.  There are plenty of heart pounding twists that will make you glad your memories are intact.

This last one is for all you Scandinavian Crime fiction lovers. If you enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo you need to try Some Kind of Peace by Camille Grebe and Åsa Träff. This is set in an idyllic town on a lake outside of Stockholm.  Siri Bergman is a psychotherapist who has her own set of issues.  She is terrified of the dark and feels as if someone is always watching her.  This is a keen psychological thriller that uses vivid imagery and a somewhat predictable storyline yet manages to leave the reader wondering who did it.  It's a story of friendship, love and obsession. It is not as intense as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it still made me wonder, gape and shiver with fright.

Check out these wonderful thrillers, if you have not already. After all it is October which is the perfect time of year to read a haunting thriller!

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