Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dantra0c-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0062345869&asins=0062345869&linkId=5FXEFY7GWJKU4OJQ&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=trueDark Rooms tries to be a Gillian Flynn novel. I understand the appeal, for a while there every thriller published wanted to be Gone Girl. Amolik seems to be going for more of a Dark Places vibe, which is a far worse crime, as Dark Places is probably Flynn’s best novel. Flynn achieves gritty realism in an almost subtle way that keeps it from feeling over the top. Amolik flamboyantly creates quite the opposite, her atmosphere dense with exorbitant plot points ranging from incest to – hold onto your butts – the protagonist developing a romantic relationship with her known rapist.  Continue reading “Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik”

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dantra0c-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0062225464&asins=0062225464&linkId=FA7WSQ3ZEJBVJI3C&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=trueEveryone needs to quit trying to write the next Gone Girl. More importantly, I need to stop reading books that are advertised as “the next Gone Girl.” I wasn’t even a big fan of that book, but I’m apparently drawn to books claiming to be similar. More often than not, twisty and convoluted plots result in meandering, hard-to-follow novels. Readers lose interest, daydreaming commences, entire chapters need to be re-read, only to have the same thing happen all over again. While I experienced this with small portions of Gone Girl, the blackouts that I endured with Kimberly McCreight’s Where They Found Her were about on par with a night of heavy drinking. Continue reading “Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight”