Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl - Gillian FlynnGone Girl by Gillian Flynn (affiliate link) is the first crime thriller I've ever read and I am very pleased to say I was not disappointed! I'm a little late to the party with this one since it is already come and gone in the cinema. But, It's not a movie I have seen so I was lucky enough to have the whole book as a complete surprise.

And a surprise it was! You cant guess what Flynn's next move is going to be. Every new piece of information throws the plot on it's head. She writes so convincingly, every detail has been so excruciatingly thought out, it's an incredible journey. You can tell she's done her homework because in the acknowledgements she thanks the police for answering the 43000 emails she sent with questions!

My favourite thing about the book is the how well developed the characters are. It's a strange thing because the characters are filled with flaws but you still find yourself empathizing with them. You get frustrated for them when things go awry, when things start going bad. However I suppose this is what makes them human and therefore relatable!

The book is split into alternating chapters between Amy who has disappeared and Nick her husband. At the end of every chapter there is the perfect cliffhanger. A line or two that makes the eyes widen and you rush into the next chapter. But you begin the next chapter and it follows a different character so you get reinvested with them to end with another cliffhanger! You really get pulled all the way through the book.

I would recommend Gone Girl (affiliate link) to anyone looking for some excitement. A good fiction book to make you think. I'm putting the film on my to watch list as well!


Now for the next book I'm taking a bit of a change of pace and reading The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey (affiliate link). I've heard about this book but not in great detail. The title is enough to draw me in though! This book was first published in 1989 and after reading the intro I can tell it is written by a scholar. It is written in very formal language compared to other self help related books I've read so it should be good!

If you've read either of these books please let me know what you think in the comments below!

White Fang- Jack London

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White Fang- Jack LondonWhite Fang was a fantastic book, detailing the life of a wolf throughout his life from the wild into the care of man.

I had read Jack London's Stories of Hawaii a while back and loved it so knew I would not be disappointed. White fang was first published in 1906 and was set in the Yukon during the gold rush at the end of the 19th century. Jack London worked in the Yukon during this time and the harsh conditions he must have faced really get reflected in his novel. You feel the freezing cold and the life threatening hunger faced during the famine of winter.

Jack London has done a fantastic job of seeing the world through the eyes of an animal as it grows and learns. The book is split into 5 parts, each detailing a different stage of life. You find yourself completely invested in the main character and his journey into domestication. I have never owned a dog so it was interesting for me reading about how the process worked, especially from the animals point of view. Jack London does a great job of conveying the emotion of his characters through small movements or fleeting thoughts alone.

I normally prefer reading non-fiction novels and the fiction I do enjoy tends to be part of a series or a trilogy so I want to expand my reading by reading more stand alone fiction pieces. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loves animals and anyone looking for a shorter adventure through very different eyes.

Those of you who have read it I would love to hear what you thought in the comments below!

If you want to check out this book I have an affiliate link you can use here (The same one as the start of the review) and this book is free on kindle so even better!

Wild- Cheryl Strayed



For the next Flat Calm Living book Club I am going to be reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Here is a UK link).This book details one woman's journey up the pacific coast trail in America. I have not seen the film but I have read the prologue and I am hooked!

Please join me in reading our next book and let me know what you thought of White Fang in the comments below!