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Sharp Objects

By Gillian Flynn, A brisk, dark and twisty psychological thriller

With the impending Sharp Objects finale coming up soon on HBO, I thought I’d go ahead and review the book by Gillian Flynn which the show was adapted from. I ended up reading the book a few weeks back after the first few episodes had aired since I was impatient to find out the ending. …

              

House of Leaves

By Mark Danielewski, A post-modernist psychological horror story

Johnny Truant, a drug-addicted tattooist, finds a manuscript about a possibly fictional documentary called The Navidson Records. In it, Will Navidson moves his family — him, his wife and two young children — into a house in the suburbs, but discovers a door that leads to a dark hallway and, from there, a shifting, dark …

                 

The Girl on the Train

By Paula Hawkins, A pretty okay thriller slash mystery

I’ll keep this short-ish, because this book has been reviewed thousands of times already and there’s not much to add. Around the time I started this site, I kept seeing The Girl on the Train pop up everywhere. I was in the mood for a good mystery and couldn’t find anything that caught my attention …

                       

In the Woods

By Tana French, A Substantial and Engaging Thriller

It’s 1984 and three twelve-year-olds, best friends who live in Knocknaree, Ireland, are playing in the woods. By nightfall, two of them are missing and the last boy, Adam Ryan, is found, traumatized, in a tree with a sneaker filled with blood, gashes in his clothes and gaping holes where memories of that day’s events …

                       

The Dinner

By Herman Koch, A Disappointing and Amateurish Book About Two Families and a Difficult Situation

The Dinner by Herman Koch takes place over the course of one dinner between two couples. The males at the table are brothers, one of whom is a prominent and recognizable politician, and, along with their wives, they have agreed to meet at an upscale restaurant to discuss an incident involving their teenage sons. A …