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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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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 Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

“When this is all over I’m going to found an association called ‘The Knights of the Idiotic Table,’ and its purpose will be to arrange an annual dinner where we all tell stories about Lisbeth Salander. You’re all members.”

The final installment in the intense Millennium series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest does not disappoint. Suffering from severe injuries, the infamous Lisbeth Salander has landed herself in the hospital. She faces several criminal charges and will need all of her skill to circumnavigate the forces against her. Luckily, Blomkvist, Berger, and others are fighting on her side – even when they have issues of equal or greater danger to deal with on their own. Continue reading

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Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

I know how it feels like to be scared before going to sleep. One time I noticed a deadly looking fly in my bedroom but neglected to kill remove it – I spent the entire night afraid that the dreaded being would attack me as I lay defenseless in my covers.

Christine has it much worse. She forgets everything when she sleeps. After waking up, she doesn’t remember anything about herself. She is shocked to see her aged body in the mirror, and shocked to see that she’s married to a middle-aged man named Ben. As she struggles to recall the truth about the incident that led to her memory loss, Christine faces a force that could result in much worse than her forgetting her life… she could lose it entirely.

Before I Go to Sleep was certainly a thrill ride of a novel. I didn’t want to put it down, and I didn’t put it down. S.J. Watson cleverly utilized the diary method of narrating so that readers learn of events that occurred in the past concurrently as Christine does. The sheer suspense of the story pardons the slight implausibility of the plot.

At times Christine came off as personality-less, but then I remembered that she has no foundation to foster an identity besides her diary – which made me feel sorry for her. I think the end of the book may disappoint some people who possess high expectations of it, although it satisfied me and left me with that awesome tingly sensation you feel after an adrenaline high (no, I’m not talking about drugs…)

Anyway, if you’re looking for a pure psychological thriller at its finest, I would recommend Before I Go to Sleep. If you’re searching for something more sophisticated, I would skip this one.

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Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

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Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Sara Gallagher has family issues. As an adopted child, her father always showed favoritism to her two naturally conceived sisters. Now, grownup with her own child, Sara’s relationship with her adopted family still isn’t that great. It’s a good thing that she’s getting married to her fiancee, Evan, in a couple of months – and that she loves her daughter, Ally, more than anything in the world. But when Sara attempts to find closure by researching who her birth parents are, she stumbles upon a terrifying truth that puts her and her family in danger.

Never Knowing is a great suspense story. It wasn’t as captivating as Still Missing, but it still had me wondering what was going to happen next and who was really trying to sabotage Sara’s life. If you’re a fan of Chevy Stevens or you enjoy psychological thrillers, I would recommend this book to you.

The one thing that irritated me throughout the entire book was the secondary characters. None of them were likable, not even those who initially seemed like they were on good terms with Sara. While it may have been Sara’s negative perception of her relationships that caused me to feel this way, I wish Stevens had included some characters I actually cared about.

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