Surznick Reads: June 2016 - The Surznick Common Room

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Surznick Reads: June 2016

We're back! We've been extra super busy lately and took last week off from the blog in order to move into our house, unpack (a little), host family, and enjoy our new home. We'll share a little progress report for the house on Friday, but in the mean time it's the end of the month, so you know that means...

Sarah's Reads!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
From "Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in 'The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.' She survived - and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club - a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes - locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club - for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started - on the run from a killer."

Dark Places was my second Gillian Flynn book (the first being Gone Girl, obviously.) I've heard good things about her other novels and wanted something quick and easy to read, but I actually didn't read this as quick as I thought I would. I didn't feel as sucked in as I did with Pretty Girls last month, or as I did with Gone Girl. That being said, I found Gone Girl a little predictable, and in Dark Places I couldn't figure out who the killer was until it was being presented to me. Once I got down to the last hundred pages, I couldn't put the book down. All of the puzzle pieces started falling into place and passing references made in the first few chapters now came back to be relevant. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and am definitely interested in reading Sharp Objects as well.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Of course our reading has dwindled significantly over the past few months while we've been working on everything it takes to coordinate buying a house. We hope to read more in the coming months as we get settled. Can you believe we're already halfway through 2016? I have to say the latter half of the year is full of my favorite things (the end of summer, my birthday, Halloween, FALL EVERYTHING, Thanksgiving, Nick's birthday, Christmas, cold weather...), so I'm not too upset about how fast the year is flying. How about you? Thanks for reading!

Sarah & Nick


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