#CBR5 Review #6: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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With a quote on the front reading, “keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction,” I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but I knew it was going to be jacked up. I got a bit of a better picture when I peeked inside the cover, seeing, “I promise you will be thoroughly unnerved at the end.” Well, I just finished this book and I’m not even sure that I can write a coherent review but I want it out of my system, so here goes.

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#CBR5 Review #5: Red Run by Rob Cornell

I wish it was Red Rum.

I wish it was Red Rum.

This book started off great. I was instantly drawn into the story of Ethan Trent and his dysfunctional family. However, as the plot started to unfold, well, it basically continued to unfold and you’re left with a pedestrian murder mystery that reinforces the need for more positive mental health care in our country.

Ethan Trent is awoken one night, assuming it’s his daughter sneaking back in, is sadly mistaken when a police officer informs him they’ve found her body after being beaten to death. Turns out Ethan is the father of two typical teenagers, who resent him, sneak out, and do all of those things that parents get pissed about. He also has an estranged ex-wife who is a heroin addict and has a restraining order against her concerning the kids. And her brother is nuts. But they all used to be besties, so Ethan hates himself for that.

He escaped from that life, became a grown up, and has since lodged quite a stick up his ass. He’s also got a new girlfriend, with a past of her own, but that doesn’t really get fleshed out as much as we’d like.

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