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Last week, I wrote about family-style learning inspired by children’s books. This week, let’s go a little darker. Okay, a lot darker.

goneHave you ever read a book that was so intense it twisted your brain in knots? When I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn my allegiance between main characters flipped so many times, I was warped. But that is definitely what good suspense writing is all about. BQB author, Kat Varn (Ameera Unveiled, 2013) admitted, “I had to read Gone Girl twice to finally be able to follow the story.” If you haven’t read it, prepare yourself, there really are that many twists and turns.

Like a Hansel and Gretel tale on a dark and stormy night, suspense writers drop hints, lead us to false exits and guide our emotions through their tortuous game. It is synonymous to the trail of clues Gone Girl’s Amazing Amy left for her husband Nick to discover on their ominous anniversary. They were evil, wicked and two-faced.

So, when the movie came out, I invited my neighbor to accompany me and we went. Two mothers, out late at night watching a movie that we knew would keep us up even later. And even though we were way past our bedtime, and we both knew the ending, it definitely kept us awake. The movie closely follows the book’s plot, so don’t expect major differences, but when its deception was spread across the expansive theater screen some of the scenes are more graphic than I imagined when I was reading. And I definitely saw a lot of Neil Patrick Harris and Ben Affleck (anyone else miss the G-Ratedness of Doogie Howser)?

Varn agreed also, adding, “I was pleased that it stayed tight to the original story. But, it is a long movie but wouldn’t do the book service if shorter. The one disappointment was the sexually explicit and erotic scenes. I find that unnecessary to hold my interest to a story line on paper or on the screen.”

If you love suspense genre books, here are a few by BQB that are worth your reading glasses:

Rude Cover v.32Rude Awakenings by Keith M. Donaldson – Invoking your courage, sense of romance, and fervor for overcoming the malicious, Rude Awakenings gives new meaning to the words “political thriller.”



bloodBlood of the White Bear by Marcia Calhoun Forecki and Gerald SchnitzerDr. Rachel Bisette is drawn to the Four Corners to lead the search for a vaccine against a lethal pandemic. One elusive indigenous woman, Eva Yellow Horn, carries the gift of immunity. In her search for Eva, Rachel discovers power beyond science, the secret of an environmental disaster, and the truth of her parents’ death.


Mile-Marker-Front-Cover-399x600The Mile Marker Murders by C. W. Saari – When Caleb Williamson, a career officer with the CIA, disappears, officials are left wondering whether he is a spy who has defected or the victim of a crime. Meanwhile, Williamson’s friend, FBI agent Tyler Bannister, is focused on catching an extortionist who has threatened to unleash a biological poison if a multimillion dollar demand is not met.


powersPowers Not Delegated by Rodney Page – In the midst of a government run amuck, remarkable courage is displayed by a group of governors, the CEO of an automobile company, and a congressman from coastal Georgia as they fight to bring the country back from the abyss. But are they too late?



By the way, I definitely don’t recommend the Gone Girl movie for a first date. It absolutely wrecks the splendid gift that marriage is!

Have you read Gone Girl? Or seen the movie? Which twisted you more?