Book #20. I just had to read it because it’s Gillian Flynn!
This is a short story with all the usual thrill present in Ms. Flynn’s books. It’s a story about an unnamed narrator who was first a beggar, then a “therapist” who gives a hand job to customers behind a psychic’s shop. She later became a palm reader or spiritual healer of some sort because she likes reading and she makes use of what she reads wisely to survive.
Though this is very short, it is very engaging. It definitely shows how the author’s imagination can go beyond her most popular novel, Gone Girl. It makes me want more!
“But I wasn’t a well-read bookworm; I was just a dumb whore in the right library.”
“People are dumb. I’ll never get over how dumb people are.”
I read Gone Girl earlier this year and enjoyed it so I was really looking forward to reading Gillian Flynn’s other books. I finally bought a copy of her first novel and that makes it Book #41 for my 2015 Reading Challenge.
So this is the story of Camille Preaker, a journalist sent back to her hometown by her editor to cover a story about the unsolved murder of two pre-teen girls. As she tries to get more information about the murders, she identifies herself more and more with the victims.
Gillian Flynn is very good in creating likeable but damaged characters, which I liked most in this book as well as in Gone Girl. The main characters are incredibly flawed but smart.
I also personally think that Flynn was able to touch very well on themes about alcoholism and inflicted abuse in this book, some things that happen almost everywhere in the world today.
Overall, this novel is not as great as Gone Girl but it is worth reading.
Favorite quotes: “Sometimes when you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them.”
“How confusing to live in the shadow of a shadow.”
“I ached once, hard, like a period typed at the end of a sentence.”