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The Grownup

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud.  On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in.  A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection.  However when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend  to believe in ghosts anymore.  Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manor and grisly imagination.  The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

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Sharp Objects

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment:  she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.  For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her mother or the half-sister she barely knows:  a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town.  Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly.  Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her past if she wants to get the story – and survive this homecoming.

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Dark Places

Libby Day was seven when her mother and 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.  The hope to discover proof that may free Ben.  Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history:  She’ll meet with the players from that night and report her findings to the Kill 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.

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Gone Girl:  The Movie 

If you need a synopsis, or you just want to check out my book review click here.
Well, this was a bit lower key than the book, but that’s to be expected.  The book is always better.  I don’t know if it was just me, or if it was Rosamund Pike’s performance, but “book Amy” seemed smarter.  But they were equally calculating, I’ll give her that.  Also, “book Amy” looked different.  In my head, she looked like Heidi Powell from Extreme Weightloss.  I don’t know why, she just did.  Rosamund Pike looked the part – that is, blonde, slightly pretty, and “Oh, did I mention I’m a certified crazy person?”

I was really impressed by Carrie Coon, who played Nick’s twin sister Margo.  She was perfect; better than I could’ve imagined.

Neil Patrick Harris.  Desi Collings.  A good choice, but Neil as Desi seemed more naïve – and less obsessed and/or possessive – with Amy.
The character that surprised me the most had to be Tanner Bolt, Nick’s lawyer.  I never expected Tyler Perry in that role.  In my head, Tanner Bolt was white.  That’s not saying Perry was bad; he was really good.
On the whole, the movie was good in that it did the book justice, but it didn’t “wow” me enough to want it on blu-ray.

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Gone Girl

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage,  Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary.  Presents are being wrapped and plans are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears.  As the police begin to investigate, the town golden boy parades a series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.  Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter – but is he really a killer?

This books was full of plot twists.  I didn’t see any of them coming.  And Gillian Flynn takes up a new place as one of my favorite authors.  Amy Elliott Dunne is the most dynamic, complex characters I’ve read.  I thought I knew what good stories were made of, but Flynn takes it to a whole other level.  I obviously still have lots to learn.