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”

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North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

Pirio Kasparov is a self-involved brat set to inherit her family’s successful perfume business. When she finds herself on a lobster boat as it is split in twain by an arrow…err, a freighter, Pirio defies the odds by surviving alone in the frigid Atlantic Ocean for four hours. She is eventually rescued by the Coast Guard, but her friend, Ned, valiantly went down with his ship. Continue reading “North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo”

The Shining by Stephen King

As you may or may not know, this past Tuesday marked a momentous day in literary history. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen – thirty-six years after The Shining first hit bookstores, we have finally been presented with its long-awaited sequel, Doctor Sleep. You can expect a review of this novel in upcoming weeks, but in the meantime, I thought that a re-read of the 1977 classic was in order. Continue reading “The Shining by Stephen King”