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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

new york times bestseller
After reading the last few words of the novel, I set it face down on the bed beside me and asked, "Did that really just end like that?"

Never in my life has a book made me as angry as Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. So much so that after finishing it, I had to sit there for a minute thinking about what I had just read before picking it back up off the bed and throwing across the room.

Of course, after throwing it across the room, I jumped off the bed to pick it up the floor . . . worried that I had damaged the book. Yes, I know you're probably thinking I'm neurotic, but I like to keep the books I buy looking nice.

Gone Girl as a whole didn't make me angry . . . just the ending. I hated the fact that Nick decided to stay with Amy after all she put him through but understand his need to protect.

For this reason alone, this made Nick a strong character in my mind because he was willing to go to extremes to protect the ones he loved. On the other hand, it made me so angry that he didn't have the strength to stand up to her and leave. Unlike many of the women I know who read the book, I liked the character Nick Dunne. Was he a weak man? To a certain degree . . . yes, but at least he had a few redeeming qualities.

On the other hand, I absolutely hated the character Amy Dunne. What an evil, psychotic, bitch! The lengths she went through to frame her husband is really messed up. This character had absolutely no redeeming qualities about her.

Gone Girl was well written although a bit disturbing. Alternating the points of views of the characters every other chapter was the perfect way to present the story line. This helped keep the book interesting and made it harder to put down. All anger aside, Gone Girl is a must read.

Synopsis of Gone Girl:  On the summer morning of Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne arrives home to find the house trashed and Amy missing. As the cops investigate, Nick finds himself as the key suspect in his wife's disappearance and isn't helping himself when it comes to being questioned. If he didn't do it, then who did? Gillian Flynn weaves an extremely disturbing story in Gone Girl.

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