Since you’ve all read Gone Girl, your next bet should be Sharp Objects, the debut novel from former Entertainment Weekly columnist Gillian Flynn. A third tier journalist, Camille Preaker, travels back to her hometown to uncover secrets about the seemingly related murders of two young girls. The readers get to delve into her dysfunctional family and tormented past as Camille gets closer to uncovering the mystery behind the small town murders. Gone Girl was the first mystery I’ve read since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it seems like I’m a converted fan, now that I just finished reading Flynn’s 2nd novel (and most disturbing, so far) Dark Places. Dark Places (rumored to star Amy Adams in the movie) follows Libby Day, who was just seven years old when her entire family was murdered in their midwestern home. She testified her teenage brother killed the family-but did he? The book takes places in the present, with flashbacks to that day in January, 1985, which gives us insight into the family life of the Days. Both books are sharply written with unique characters and will leave you guessing til the end.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
As a lover of fantasy and magic (The Phantom Tollbooth ranks among my top 5 childbook favorites), I was excited when a friend recommended this book to me. Not knowing anything about it as I started to read it on my vacation in Maine, I quickly was sucked into the history and fantasy of it all. If you liked The Time Traveler’s Wife (before it was the movie..let’s not go there), you’ll love The Night Circus. As I can’t put it any better than the book description, here is it “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.” The book has a variety of characters and alternates between their views. It’s a fantastic book and is a great read with Halloween around the corner.
The Great Gatsby
Motivated my by 20’s style post a few months ago, I picked up The Great Gatsby, which I hadn’t read since middle school. It’s a quick, easy read that delves into the lifestyle of the rich in the jazz age, culminating around the lives of a closely knit group, which includes; the narrator, Nick Carraway, a midwestern writer who stumbles into the lifestyle while living next to Jay Gatsby for the summer on Long Island; Jay Gatsy himself, a bachelor who throws notorious parties; and Daisy Buchanan, the long-lost love of Gatsby who’s married to a bully. It’s a simple story about love and money, and gives you a peek inside life of the elite in the 1920’s. If you haven’t picked up the book before the movie comes out early next year I definitely recommend it!