Sunday, 24 September 2017

Books to Read September ǀ 2017

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

It is rare that you come across something so addictive. One thing I have recognised about Gillian Flynn's books is just how disturbing they are. In a way, it is that shock and horror you feel whilst reading it that makes it so successful. I am of the opinion that if a book is good, it should leave you thinking about it for months after. 'Sharp Objects' in particular ticks that criteria. Flynn establishes unusual characters and dynamics within a family very slowly, making sure you can't put the book down. It is scary yet amazing. I would definitely not recommend this book to young readers or those who are easily scared.

Eleven by Mark Watson

Although I would not say that this is a very tense or action-packed book, I would say that it is very good at provoking thought. It is the polar opposite of 'Sharp Objects' by Gillian Flynn; it isn't as grotesquely disturbing. I personally like to read this to remind me that we are all connected in our own way to people we don't even know and that too often we incorrectly assume what other people are thinking. Even though this probably was not the aim of the book, I do feel that it acts as a nice reminder and can sometimes help to relieve some anxiety. 'Eleven' is a very easy read and it is also interesting, you see into the lives of many people with their own different issues whilst never straying from the direction in which the story is progressing.

Killing me Softly by Nicci French

I don't think I have written a reading list so far without mentioning one of Nicci French's books. 'Killing me Softly' is about a girl who finds herself in a very dangerous situation in her personal life. Even though this sounds like quite a cliché thing to write a story about, not many writers can achieve the tension created by Nicci French. It takes a while to really get into but it isn't a chore and it gets steadily more and more intriguing the more pages you turn. You can really feel the desperation of the main character as the ending nears.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The film version really was not the most amazing thing ever seen, it was difficult to follow and also nowhere near as great as the book. I think the film was rushed so it could come out during the hype for the book. After the first few chapters, it is very hard to stop reading. There are so many issues within the story that create so many different emotions for a reader. Whilst being about someone with difficulties that seem almost impossible to believe, Paula Hawkins is able to make it seem very real. The danger is truly felt towards the end when everything comes to a dramatic climax. It is undeniably disturbing but definitely deserves a read.


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