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My Review of "Gone Girl"

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very enjoyable read. I absolutely devoured it in two days. The first day I spent with Diary Amy and her cheating pathetic murderous husband. The second day I spent it with very different people.

The treasure hunt was an especially ingenious device, first endearing and then repulsing the reader from the protagonist. I loved how the same trick that was played on Nick also seemed to work on the reader (at least me).

What I didn't understand, what seemed out of character, is how Amy could drop her guard so easily in the cabin park. I also believed that the only murdered person in the story was too one-dimensional. Aside from these two qualms, though, the story was tremendous, nervous, enormously suspenseful.

Thank you for such a brilliant piece of work! A real eye-opener!


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Quite a good book!

My Review of "Mr. Mercedes"

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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll do my best to not give any spoilers, because it’s critical that in a book like this, you do not anticipate the surprises. To make things easy, if you are wondering if you will enjoy this, you will. It’s a very good novel with believable characters (except for Jerome, who I liked - no, I loved, but could use a few flaws) and it might not have you bite your nails as short as Holly does, but if you aren’t nervous in the last two hundred pages or so, you might want to check your vitals.

What a great romp! Stephen King lets the pot simmer for a while, letting the reader (who watches both sides of the story) second-guess the protagonist Det Ret Hodges and acquire familiarity with the villain, who (not a spoiler) hides in the open. When the chips are down, though, it’s Hodges and those who help him that take the real chances.

I guess my only complaint is that the villain seems a bit too cookie-cutter: mommy issues, lonely geeky comput…