Recent Reads

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012).  When a woman disappears in small-town Missouri, leaving behind a home showing a struggle and blood, her husband is the prime suspect.  Not all that surprising, the story is still well-written.  Now in theaters.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (2010).  Twenty-five years after testifying against her brother for murdering their mom and two sisters, a now thirty-two-year-old woman is on a quest to talk to everyone who might know something about the details of the murder night.  I would much rather see the movie version of this twisty book.

Jack the Ripper: The Simple Truth by Bruce Paley (1997).  Paley makes a viable case for Joseph Barnett, the boyfriend of murder victim Mary Jane Kelly, as being the killer.  While certainly possible, there are other equally likely theories as to the identity of the killer.  Paley does a nice job of portraying what life was like in the Whitechapel of 1888, and the book held my interest.


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