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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Cover via Goodreads.

Cover via Goodreads.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Things I need to find out about my future partner before I marry him: 1) If he can get rid of bugs for me, 2) If he’s a super crazy psychopath who will kill me in my sleep.

Gone Girl starts out as a simple story about Nick and Amy Dunne, the average married couple gearing up for their fifth anniversary. Conflict arises when Amy goes missing and the media accuses Nick of kidnapping and murdering her. The investigation takes a turn for the worse when clues are found that implicate certain individuals and reveal ugly truths about others. As the story progresses it turns out that our average husband and wife may be more twisted than we imagined… Continue reading

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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Rating: 3/5 stars.

My summer assignment for my AP US History class was to read and annotate The Devil in the White City. If I hadn’t had to take extensive notes on the historical aspects of this novel I might’ve liked it more, but, oh well.

Not to say that the history was trivial or erroneous. Rather, it was how Erik Larson conveyed the historical facts that bored me. The book is literally split into two stories: a group of architects building Chicago’s World Fair, and a serial killer that goes by the name of Holmes who murders women and children as they come to see the fair. The chapters alternate between following Daniel Burnham, the man in charge of the fair’s construction, and Holmes. The separated structure didn’t sell the story well as I trudged through the parts pertaining to the fair while looking forward to reading more about Holmes. This book would have benefited from intertwining the two plots – which it did toward the end, briefly.

I liked The Devil in the White City, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t like learning about history.

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