Friday, July 24, 2015

Gillian Flynn's Dark Places Official Trailer

Perhaps you cannot call me a fan of Gillian Flynn, if I only loved her from her third book - which, incidentally, was the first book I had read of hers. I waved Gone Girl around like the hero soldier of the book world. It was what we had been waiting for - something dark, disturbing and incredibly violent. 

I went trudging through her backlist, but it was Tamarin at I Want a Dodo (her review of the novel can be found here), who finally convinced me to get through this one. And look, a movie - again - starring Charlize Theron.

About the Book

Taken off Goodreads

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back? She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day... especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. Who did massacre the Day family?

Cannot wait to see what it is like?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Review: The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos

It is no secret that I am a fan of Marisa de los Santos. I was handed her first novel Love Walked In and the title gave it all away, and the rest, as they say, is history.

My review of Falling Together can be found here.

“He smiled the kind of smile that is the reason for wars and poetry.”

The Precious One is a beautiful evocation of the chosen daughter in the Cleary Family. Taisy and Marcus, twins, have been cast aside by Wilson Cleary – a brilliant man, an inventor, a scientist – but Willow, who is his love child from an affair with artist Caro.

When Wilson invites Taisy and Marcus for an extended stay, Marcus says no immediately, but Taisy goes because it’s Taisy, and she is a sucker for all things Wilson Cleary.

So begins this family saga of old meets new, and new has to move over. Marisa de los Santos truly knows the family dynamic, its bristle points and where to let up the drama. Compared to her previous novels, this one is by the darker of the four.

As young Willow is sent to public school for the first time because Wilson has taken ill, she is forced to navigate life in territories he hasn’t prepared her for in her widely educated home schooling. A teacher takes a liking to Willow and lines begin to blur. Luka who befriends Willow, adds a definitive point in what Willow is going to learn about love.

When Taisy arrives at the house, she also arrives back to a town she left ages ago. Ben, the boy Taisy gave her heart to, is also back. So begins the facing the past, the deciding of the future and secrets in between them all.

A beautifully crafted novel with the deft hand of previous novels, de los Santos moves around family, love and hidden skeletons so easily. In parts, I found them melodramatic, and contrived, but then again I hadn’t picked up a book of cynical love triangles and brutally honest characters. I picked up a book that would whittle away at the bad and end up good – the modern day fairy tale, the ‘They All Lived Happily Ever After’ book.

I can happily tick this off the to-be read pile (you can watch the video here).

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