It’s Monday, What am I reading ? ….. 18

For today’s meme I’m checking in with Sheila over at Book Journey.

So I finished Gone Girl !! At last and oh gosh what torture ! seriously didn’t like it at all, here is my review.

1 STAR

I gave this book 1 star and really would have not finished except for it being a book club read. This has to be one of the worst books I’ve read in quite a while. Dark psychological thriller ! Please !

There was nothing fast paced about this story. It dragged on and on and on. It was neither witty nor clever but instead boring, unbelievable and in any mystery the one thing you don’t want it to be predictable. I found no layers of twists or turns. It was not a look into human psyche or into the minds of flawed people and it felt as if the author ultimately watched one to many cop shows and bad ones at that !

The characters were flat. Even with background info you still didn’t feel any sympathy for either. Not in the first half where you were supposedly led to believe Nick had done away with Amy, nor in the second where you found out she was behind the whole thing.

The ending was poor and dismal but it was headed in that direction and there were not that many good endings it could have been given anyway. The murder felt like an add on or way to just bring Amy back and for me didn’t add anything to the book. Not much point giving it a good ending when the start middle and end had been so poor !

I also did write up the book review of the Cloud Maker which I finished a couple of weeks back. Here it is.

2 STARS

I wavered between a 2 and a 2.5 on this book, settling on a 2 as it was an ok read for me. Interesting enough but it fell somewhere between being the genres of explorer and thriller with it not hitting either mark.

In the story we meet Luca Matthews a climber always looking for the next mountain to climb and the next adrenalin rush. He has a loyal climbing partner in Bill Taylor. They head into Tibet for the one last climb of their lives and are met with resistance from the Chinese and finally land under the radar of the Chinese secret police and so begins the story of their struggle for not only their lives but also to protect a secret and ultimately the legacy of Tibet.

All in all that’s all I have to say about the book as it was just OK as I said and is a book that’s easily forgettable.

This week I am reading still Friendship Bread by Darien Gee.Β  Now with Gone Girl out of the way and school holidays here I’m hoping to finish reading it as I am enjoying it immensely.

On audio I’m also listening to Dead Irish by John Lescroart

I’ve only started this series so I’m hoping its good.

What are you reading ?

Ruth.

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16 Responses to It’s Monday, What am I reading ? ….. 18

  1. readerbuzz says:

    So glad to read your review of Gone Girl. Our book group was considering it, but it’s good to know that you didn’t like it at all. (BTW, our group really enjoyed Friendship Bread, so maybe that will be a better read for you.)

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

    • Ruth says:

      I’m loving Friendship Bread so much more and before starting both I thought it would be the other way around. Just goes to show !

  2. Sorry to see you didn’t like Gone Girl – I really liked it, although the characters are so unlikable.

  3. Yay for being done with Gone Girl. I always hate it when I feel I have to finish a book I do not like. I do understand your feeling for the book. It was not one I enjoyed myself very much and I agree that the story drags.

    Enjoy the rest of Friendship Bread and the holidays!

  4. At least you finished it, good for you! If I am really being tortured slogging through a book, I call it a DNF and that’s that. I can’t comment on that oh so popular book, haven’t read it. Truthfully I did read one chapter if that counts, returned it to library, and didn’t renew, so… Hope you have a better week reading this time around!

  5. Yaaaaay starting to not feel like the minority. I didn’t like Gone Girl either and wished I had DNF half way but continued on because it had to get better right, NO. Sigh

    I look forward to Friendship Bread review.

    • Ruth says:

      Lol you think its so bad it must get better but in fact gets worse ! Most in my book club did not like either so you are certainly not in the minority. πŸ™‚

  6. Lucybird says:

    It’s kind of good to see a more negative review of Gone Girl, I was beginning to feel like I had to read it!

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, sometimes when you see so many liking and raving about a book you feel you have to like it or others are seeing something your not! and when you don’t like it it can be hard to write the review.

  7. thebookdate says:

    I have read a lot about Gone Girl as I have read through blogs, interesting to get another viewpoint. Friendship Bread sounds interesting. Must look it up.

  8. Kepanie says:

    Love how you keep it real, Ruth! I took that book off of my to-read list. Forget that.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go down bucking the trend and all but when I give stars and when I recommend a book I want people to enjoy it and I do think perhaps there are better of this genre out there. Now onto Friendship Bread and to finish it so we can discuss that πŸ™‚

  9. Elizabeth says:

    You are good…if I don’t like a book, I won’t continue.

    I have seen many different comments about Gone Girl. People love it or hate.

    THANKS for sharing. Hope your next read is better.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

  10. Melinda says:

    Yikes! Sorry you didn’t like Gone Girl. I found the language and the swearing a little too much, but I actually enjoyed the read. However I won’t be reading Flynn again anytime soon.

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