Saturday, February 23, 2013

ARC...Artful Reader's Club February Selection

January's book reviews and creative interpretations were FABulous...Mahalo Nui Loa to Darcy of for sharing her brilliance with all of us in the ARC.

My selection for February is GONE GIRL: a novel written by Gillian Flynn and published in 2012.  Sharp Objects (2006) and Dark Places (2009) were her previous offerings. This is a hardcover, 419 page psychological (with the emphasis on 'psycho') thriller.  

Amy Elliott Dunne disappears from her North Carthage, Missouri McMansion on the morning of her 5th wedding anniversary. Her husband, Nick Dunne becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. 

In the first 215 pages of Part One: Boy Meets Girl, the reader's are introduced to Amy's marriage/life perspective through her secret Diary Entries.  We are then led through Nick's narrative and his alternate Point of View which was a slow read for me. However!  Part's Two and Three were definite page turners where twists and turns, manipulation, lies, deceit, betrayals, revenge, and suspicion's  are woven.  

The 'Game' starts...and we begin to see who the true 'game players' are. 

The local police are summoned and the media/social networks & neighbors judge Nick's every move. The eyes of suspicion are on Nick and his only support is his twin sister, Margo (..."everyone has seen too many true-crime shows where the husband is always, always the killer, so people automatically assume the husband's the bad guy.”  pg. 297 ) 

Overall, I enjoyed the roller coaster 

wild-ride thrill Flynn offered.

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars with a
Reader Advisory for Explicit Content & Language

I interpreted this Gone Girl ride through an art journal 2-page spread in my ARC altered book.  The torn layers represent the excavation of masks & illusion to find truth...not all things are as they first appear.

The outer layers are colored in a bright rosy tone and as the layers are torn deeper the colors darken to black.  

I used a rosy bright spray at the Start of the game.  The colors change as the game takes unexpected mysterious twists 
to the Finish. Readers will understand what Amy's blue 'love notes' envelope 

Two-page spread detailing the twists & turns with an uncertain finish

My March book selection will be 
Dreaming in Hindi: a memoir 
by Katherine Russell Rich (2009)

Mokoli’i Island, Kāneʻohe Bay, O'ahu 

My Hawaiian Word for Gone Girl characters                                                                       
ʻō.pule.pule (moronic, somewhat crazy, psychotic)

Now surf on over to to see other book reviews & art from the ARC............
Mahalo Nui Loa...thank you. A Hui Hou...until we meet again.


  1. Oh, this sounds like a great book! Another one to add to my list... :)
    I love your journal page too. So many things to see! ♥

  2. Your artwork andcthe way it is laid out, are absolutely marvellous. I admire what you have done so much. I've tried and tried to get text and image side by side but with no luck
    Sounds an interesting book, and I enjoyed your review.

  3. I love the way your page looks like a game board, and gives a true feeling of the book you reviewed :D XXX

  4. Gorgeous artwork, so many layers. I am such a huge fan of layers, so this is definately a 'me' kind of page. The book sounds gripping, I do love a good suspense thriller.

  5. You have a great eye for detail and your artwork looks fabulous, the way you have the twists and the turns going across the pages really does relate to your review of the book. Love your colour choices too. Great review to read, the book sounds intrigueing.

  6. Fabulous art work. Like your review, sounds like a good read.
    Jen x

  7. FAbulous piece and it sounds like a good read. :)

  8. This book sounds like it would make a great "chick flick!" Sounds like a page turner...and your art is extraordinary...expressive and meaningful once you explained it! Thanks for the honest review.

  9. Now this sounds like my kind of read - thank you for such an insightful review and also for the artwork - it's stunning.
    Hugs xx

  10. Wow what stunning art work. Love it. And the review has sucked me in ... Another book for the must read list!

  11. Sounds like you picked another good book this month! Love your altered book pages and the game theme works so well. I love a good murder mystery.

    Janet xx

  12. I have seen this book in my local book shop and I did wonder what it was about - from your description I think this one might end up on my to-read list! Your accompanying journal page is excellent and is a worthy accompaniment to the story

  13. Sounds like a good book and I love your artwork. x

  14. Amazon keeps putting this on my recomend list and maybe this time i will buy it love the review and the journaling love the idea of the colour changing as you get deeper. Dxx