Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Darker, Stormy Night

After reading Gone Girl a few months ago, I was curious to see what else Gillian Flynn had written. So when Dark Places showed up on the reserve shelf, it felt like the perfect read for a dark and stormy (and finally) fall night.

Libby Day is the lone survivor of the "Prairie Massacre." When she was seven-years-old she managed to escape as her teenage brother allegedly killed her mother and two older sisters. Now that her trust fund is running out, she receives a propitious invitation to speak at a meeting of the Kill Club - a group of amateur sleuths obsessed with her family's tragedy. As she and the group's leader contact the key players of that notorious night one by one, the narrative flashes back to the actions of Libby's mother and brother on the day of the murder in 1985.  

Although I couldn't really stomach the gruesome details of the bloodbath (admittedly skimming ahead), I was otherwise engrossed in the mystery, the psychology, and the tragedy of the events unfolding on another, darker, night.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Popcorn and a Movie (and a Book)

For the rainy Sunday afternoon short-film festival...
I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck
A wife says goodbye to her husband by remembering past moments in their marriage.

For those Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights during college football season...
Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer
A Texas chef returns to her hometown to cook last meals for prison inmates.

For that bleak February smoke break in the doorway the morning after your cat has died...
The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk
Three childhood friends reunite after one of their husbands is murdered.