When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
©2006 Gillian Flynn (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
I still enjoyed this. It was a well done whodunit with an edge. Flynn is EXPERT at drawing acid tongued, vile women and there is a plethora of them in this fast paced, edgy book.
I was NOT a fan of the reader. She sounds WAY too old! The girl in this book is in her early thirties and this reader sounds much older.
It was good, but very different from Gone Girl, which I LOVED, and wanted another one of course. This is very different, but still great.
I bought this on the strength of Gone Girl, but struggled with a turgid storyline that didn't have the trajectory of her more recent work. Also, it relishes in the nastiness of some of the characters (much like Gone Girl) that does little to make the story any richer or involving.
Pleasant older female
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