Saturday, June 25, 2016
I just got back from a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise with my family and 30 other friends. Getting away was AMAZING and much needed. Cruises can be wonderful. They can also be confining and boring. I wasn't looking forward to this trip.
I intended to only bring Irving, the Kindle Fire with me (did I tell you I lost Kindell, the Kindell? He's been missing for years now! I have no idea what the heck I did with him!). But at the last minute, because I was straightening my books and cursing my impulse buying tendancies, I grabbed Gillian Flynn's "other 2 books" to take me with me (and Irving): Sharp Objects and Dark Places.
We were probably 3 days in before I reached in the bag, out of sheer boredom, and grabbed a book. I decided, whichever one I pulled out was the one I was going with. "Sharp Objects" it was.
Gillian had me @ "Chapter One."
I cannot begin to describe how impressed I am with this book. I read it in 2 days, most of the time sitting on my balcony while the ship rolled in or out of port. Hours flew by! I almost completely missed some bizarre rock sticking out of the ocean because I was so absorbed in the story. CalGone Girl took me away! (haha, get it? see what I did there? play on words with "Calgone" and "Gone Girl." pretty clever, yes?) (ok, ok, I know: if you have to explain it, it didn't work.)
Unlike my reaction to Gillian's amazingly successful "Gone Girl," I have no issue - not one issue - with "Sharp Objects." Damn, she's good. I was shocked to find out it was her FIRST novel! I'm excited to learn there is series starring Amy Adams floating out in cable-land that I will eventually get around to watching somehow someway (just picked up by HBO, which I don't subscribe to, but that is what Netflix is for, right?).
Heading over to Goodreads to give Sharp Objects a glowing review! I've since picked up Dark Places to read, but it isn't holding my intrigue as much, but I'm still early in so we'll see how this goes. Sharp Objects will be hard to beat.