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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (review by Allison K. ’15)

The Lovely BonesThe Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sebold’s novel is a refreshing take on the emotional aspects of life after death; when fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon is raped and murdered by neighbor George Harvey, she watches as her family is forced to carry on without her, slowly crumbling apart. Her father and little sister Lindsey, the only ones to suspect Harvey of her murder, try to investigate and gain closure, while omniscient Susie is helpless to direct them towards her killer. The work possesses a tragically poignant affect that impresses the importance of second chances and absolution. Sebold delicately weaves together her austere version of the afterlife, the innate ties of a grieving family and her projection of Susie’s feelings and reactions onto the the living world. The Lovely Bones is bound to draw in any reader with its capability to both invoke mystery and compel empathy for Susie on her journey for inner peace, vindication, and completion. – Allison K. ‘15

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (review by Allison K. ’15)

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gillian Flynn strikes again with her latest mystery novel Gone Girl, a story of wife gone missing, Amy Dunne, and her husband, suspect Nick Dunne. After finding his house ransacked and Amy gone on the day of their fifth anniversary, Nick appears to be curiously dishonest to authorities and dispassionate about his wife’s absence. Throughout the investigation of Amy’s disappearance, the reader kept guessing as the present intertwines with the past. Amy and Nick’s dueling narrations draw disparate pictures of their marriage. With a touch of Alexandre Dumas a la Montecristo, Flynn takes the reader into a rabbit box of deception and secrets, where seemingly trifling details go unnoticed until they add up to the grand reveal. Even so, despite the novel’s unpredictable twists, the ending falls flat, leaving the reader wishing for further vindication on the behalf of either of the characters. Nevertheless, disturbing as it may be, Gone Girl is one work that ought not to be missed for adults in search of a mind-blowing thriller. – Allison K. ‘15

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