I often find myself at odds with the average reader, and tend to avoid books that are surrounded by as much hype as this one was, but I have to say, I thought Gone Girl was a ripping thriller.
A book that I think would appeal to people who loved Gone Girl is This Bright River by Patrick Somerville. Like Gone Girl it’s a psychological thriller but I found it better than Gone Girl in almost every way: more beautifully written, more plausible, funnier, and more emotionally engaging.
As the title suggests, This Bright River is about a river, as is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Patchett is one of my favourite writers, and this is widely regarded as her best book (though my personal favourite is Bel Canto). Set in the Amazon, it is an adventure, a mystery and a love story.
State of Wonder revolves around scientific research, like Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver in which a group of scientists come to study a ‘flutter’ of butterflies behaving in unexpected ways. (For me, the other more personal connection between State of Wonder and Flight Behaviour is that both are books I’ve bought for my mum as gifts.)
In Flight Behaviour Kingsolver considers the impact of climate change on the natural world. In The MaddAddam Trilogy(Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam) Margaret Atwood explores the impact of too much scientific meddling on the human population, specifically, the dangers of giving pharmaceutical companies free rein.
Atwood’s trilogy is apocalyptic, and when I think about the apocalypse, I can’t go past The Passage by Justin Cronin, a zombie apocalypse story which had me staying up way past my bedtime, despite the fact I believed I did not like zombie books. How wrong I was!
Justin Cronin‘s debut novel couldn’t be more different to The Passage. Mary and O’Neill is a novel-in-stories; the beautiful and touching story of one couple over a lifetime. The story is nothing out of the ordinary but the writing is gorgeous, and I absolutely fell in love with this book and its two central characters.
From a deranged marriage to a very happy one, via the zombie apocalypse – all in a day’s work here at Six Degrees of Separation! I wonder where Emma ended up?
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