Book reviews : “The Fault in our Stars” and “Dark Places”

After a long hiatus mostly because of personal happenings, I am back with a couple of book reviews. Two books that have made quite an impact on me.

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 27 19.34The first one is “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green. Heart wrenching as it is hopeful, this story is a testament to how fleeting the good things in our life can be. Like true love. The story of Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace enchanted me, enraptured me, humored me and made me cry buckets and buckets of tears at the end. John Green’s sardonic writing cuts right down to it, eliminating all the peripheral noise. He has a way of capturing raw emotion, all the while making you laugh till you cry (literally). Highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the movie to come out.

ScreenHunter_02 Feb. 27 19.35The other was “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn. This book, I have to say has been the hardest for me to read, bar none. I highly admire Gillian Flynn’s writing and plot style, and this book had been on my radar since “Gone Girl”. It does not disappoint with the numerous twists and turns, but I have found the subject matter to be very hard to stomach. Throughout the narrative you feel the undercurrent of something very sinister, and characters that make your skin crawl. I haven’t felt as conflicted about a book as I have with “Dark Places”. I enjoyed reading it as much as I detested it. Recommend it if you are a fan of dark mysteries and especially if you are a fan of Gillian Flynn, but it is not one for the light-hearted.

(images via amazon.com)

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