Clever narrative interwoven with psychological mystery in Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, Uncategorized


A girl has gone missing. She’s a schoolgirl, and seems to have been picked up by a man. There have been cases like this before. Margot, a school teacher who moonlights by writing an advice column for the local paper, starts receiving letters from Bethan Avery, the girl it all happened to first, years ago. She has to battle suspicion and mystery and question everything that appears in front of her including her own self to try to help both Bethan and the girl in real danger and currently kidnapped.

I wasn’t sure what this book would be like. It was intense, and thrilling, and interesting. It delved into situations that really aren’t comfortable reading, but was psychologically intriguing. I was kept interested and guessing constantly; and though I did guess the solution before the end I wasn’t sure and did really want to find out.

Why I’m telling my friends not to read Gone Girl.

Book Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing Thoughts

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I was excited to read Gone Girl after all the hype. And it sucked me in. It gripped and intrigued me. But really, I seriously wished I hadn’t read it at all. Most books have some sort of value or idea or something to recommend them. But this one felt like eating far too much sugar and suddenly feeling angry with yourself, the world and sugar itself for tricking you into such a terrible place.

BOOKS VS FILMS: or should I read Gone Girl first?

Book Thoughts, Writing Thoughts

Only illness prevented me from seeing Gone Girl today. But did it actually save me the terrible horror of having the book spoiled?!?!?!!

I don’t know! Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has been buzzing around for a while, and I have been cheerfully resigned to coming into contact with it in some form. And a couple of trailers and an interview with Rosamund Pike intrigued me enough to want to see the film.