• American,  Crime fiction

    Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – Review for the Los Angeles Review of Books

    I am veeeery please to share with you my first review for the Los Angeles Review of Books, which you can read here or clicking on the image below. It has been my first experience outside of Books & Reviews as a professional reviewer and one that I hope to continue on doing. Jessica Knoll’s debut novel Luckiest Girl Alive is one of the best books that I have read in 2015, and I now it will make it to many of your Best Books of 2015 list as well. Advertisements

  • Crime fiction,  TV/Movies

    Gone Girl (2014) Directed by David Fincher

    Finally! One of the most anticipated bookish movie adaptations is here. Produced by Reese Witherspoon, directed by David Fincher and adapted to the screen by its author, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl (2014) stars Rosamund Pike as Amy and Ben Affleck as Nick. And it is one great adaptation. I will keep this short and talk about some key issues. Please beware this review contains spoilers. The movie follows the book’s structure: the first third is Nick’s version of the story; the second third is Amy’s and the third one is a common narrative, the Dunne’s dialogue. And, regarding early reports, Flynn has not changed the controversial ending, so, as it…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly

    Just What Kind of Mother Are You is Paula Daly’s debut novel published in April 2013 by Transworld Publishers. I first heard of the novel via Twitter since Kate Atkinson’s PR- Alison Barrow – is also Daly’s. At the time I heard of the novel, Alison was offering ARCs and I asked her to please send me one and she kindly did. This is a SPOILER-FREE review: From GoodReads: What if your best friend’s child disappears? And it was all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December in the English Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball…

  • American,  Crime fiction

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    I bought Gone GirlĀ  by Gillian Flynn two weeks ago and decided to read it as soon as possible so as to avoid spoilers. I’d been lucky enough to go from the publishing date til today without hearing anything more than it was the story of a marriage and it all started when the wife disappeared so that the novel was a mystery/thriller/crime one. Good. Everyone who had also read it thought I was fine knowing that, neither too little nor too much. So, on Saturday night I tucked into bed and started reading. It took me longer than I expected (I finished it yesterday evening) but overall I’m glad…

  • Random

    March Update

    March has been – as I expect from the spring season – a challenging month. I have no idea why, but spring always brings along a lot of surprises, some good some others not so good. This March was no exception. I am a wintery person. I love snow, cold weather and Christmas, above all, I adore Christmas. I was born in winter and I find new beginnings in winters. But, this year I’ve found myself happy as I saw days getting longer, the sun slowly going down a little bit later every day until night no longer fell before 7 pm. I’ve also found myself longing for sunny days…