Book Reviews May 2013

Gone Girl
By Gillian Flynn
Phoenix
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented Mansion on the Mississippi River. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media, as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents, the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter, but is he really a killer?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

ASH
By James Herbert
Pan
David Ash is a parapsychologist enlisted to solve unexplained disturbances and a violent death at the deeply dark and disturbing Comraich Castle. It is owned and run by a secret society known as The Inner Circle. As Ash’s stay at Comraiche unfolds the facade of a sanctuary for the wealthy slips away to reveal the true nature of its purpose and a nightmarish journey begins for our anti-hero, who has to unravel the secrets held in the castles dungeons and avoid a plethora of nastiness in its grounds before he will be allowed to leave.

There are very clever elements to this book and I think whilst Herbert fans will love it, it will also appeal to readers who may have never read his works before but just enjoy a good scary book. There is no denying there are themes and characters in the book that have been explored before, but Herbert has twisted new angles for every one and ventures down new avenues, some extremely surprising, to keep the book fresh.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter
By Phillipa Gregory
Simon & Schuster
This is a fascinating account of political intrigue in England at the time of the War of the Roses. This tale of the kings of the House of York is spellbinding, riveting and oftentimes tragic. As usual, Philippa Gregory immerses us in another time and place filled with brilliant historical detail and draws us into the rich threads that make up the tapestry of human relationships as only she can.

The Kingmaker is known as Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick. Neville is responsible for helping King Edward IV onto the thrown, overthrowing King Henry VI. Our novel focuses upon Neville’s daughter Anne and is also told from her point of view. For those unfamiliar with history, there is little known of Anne and her history besides being married to King Richard III. Gregory loves to dive into different aspects of history, depicting what could have been to create interesting fictional pieces of history.