Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.
This week’s book:
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
Blurb from Goodreads
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 McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. 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?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
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.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
Why I Want to Read It
To be honest, I’ve been rather ambivalent about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. The reason behind my ambivalence is also the very reason why I want to read it. To give me a primer on Flynn’s body of art, I read Dark Places which wasn’t entirely bad. There was a lot of psychological factors that was factored in. My initial experience made me excited for Gone Girl. Everything changed when I read Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. I was disappointed by the book so I reexamined my motivations. Will Gone Girl be any different from The Girl on the Train. This held me off for a couple of years.
Okay, the reason why I want to read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is pretty obvious. The bandwagon behind this narrative, accompanied by the movie, made it the subject of my interest. However, I’ve always held back and I never really thought of purchasing a copy of the book until I found one in the recently concluded 2020 Big Bad Wolf Sale. It has rekindled my interest in the book. Maybe, and hopefully, Gone Girl is a whole lot better than The Girl on the Train.
Happy start of the week everyone! Still cooped up due to the enhanced community quarantine. I am hoping and praying that everyone is doing well and that this apocalyptic chapter will end soon. Keep safe everyone! And happy reading always!