Category: Crime & Mystery

‘Gone Girl’ Author Sickened Over Lawyer’s Comparison to Missing Woman Case

Jennifer Dulos was last seen May 24th shortly after dropping her kids off at school. The prime suspect in the case is her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his new girlfriend, Michelle Troconis. Both were arrested June 2 for tampering with evidence and hindering the prosecution. Both are out on bond, but these aren’t the strangest events in the missing person’s case.

Jennifer Dulos, missing Connecticut Mom

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Dulos’ lawyer has come up with what he calls the “Gone Girl” theory: Jennifer Dulos planted evidence and ran off in an attempt to fake her own death and framing her husband. Gillian Flynn, author of the New York Times Bestseller, is not having it.

In Flynn’s book, Gone Girl, the wife stages the scene of a violent crime in her shared home with her husband and disappears. The story is told through the eyes of her husband, who comes home to find her gone, and her old diary entries. Both are unreliable narrators, taking the story from a mystery that immediately implicates the husband to a story on how the wife planned on faking her own death. By comparing Jennifer Dulos’ case to Flynn’s book, they are belittling the very real issue of domestic violence, a threat that doesn’t disappear when a relationship ends.

'Gone Girl' movie and book cover side by side

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Norm Pattis, Fotis Dulos’ attorney, brought up Jennifer’s 500-page novel, which she wrote over seventeen years ago, in conjunction with Flynn’s work saying “We don’t know what had become of Jennifer, but the ‘Gone Girl’ hypothesis is very much on our mind.”

Flynn also responded to these comparisons with NBC News, saying:

I’ve seen in recent coverage that Jennifer’s husband and his defense attorney have put forward a so-called ‘Gone Girl theory’ to explain Jennifer’s disappearance. It absolutely sickens me that a work of fiction written by me would be used by Fotis Dulos’s lawyer as a defense, and a hypothetical, sensationalized motive behind Jennifer’s very real and very tragic disappearance.

Gone Girl, which is also a major motion picture, is sensational because of the storytelling elements Flynn uses to capture the emotions of the reader and shock them with the ending. The truth of the matter is that it is far more likely Fotis Dulos is behind his wife’s disappearance due to trends in violence among men and women than it is that Jennifer Dulos is faking her own death.

Carrie Luft, a representative of Jennifer’s friends and family, also responded to Pattis’ outlandish comparison stating, “Jennifer is not here to protect her children, and these false and irresponsible allegations hurt the children now and into the future.”

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Millie Bobby Brown To Produce ‘Enola Holmes’

Millie Bobby Brown’s success as an actress has boomed since her debut in Stranger Things, but what few realize is this little girl is also calling the shots as a producer.

 

 

 

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An article from Variety confirms that Brown herself will not only be acting as the heroine in Enola Holmes, but she is also producing the film alongside Legendary Entertainment. The film will be based on the Enola Holmes Mysteries book series by Nancy Springer, which follows the younger sister of the iconic Sherlock Holmes.

 

Legendary and Brown have built a strong relationship after the Stranger Things star was tapped to topline Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and the studio was quick to attach her to star in Enola Holmes after she wrapped filming on the MonsterVerse pic.

Variety, 2019

 

 

Acting alongside Brown will be Henry Cavill (Justice League, Mission: Impossible), Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter), Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter, Killing Eve), Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick, Four Lions), and, most recently, Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Snow White and The Huntsman)

 

Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter
Henry Cavill in Mission Impossible
Fiona Shaw in Killing Eve TV series
Adeel Akhtar at the BAFTA awards
Sam Claflin in The Hunger Games

 

 

 

 

 

Working with so many famous actors after creating such a huge name for herself, with the title of “producer” under her belt at only the age of fifteen, it looks as though she has a brilliant career ahead of her.

 

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 6/27/19

The weather’s not the only thing getting hotter! This week, we’ve got some highly-acclaimed summer crime novels that simmer with drama and tension—unreliable narrators, creative play with chronology, paranoia, and rich character development that’s guaranteed to knock you off your feet (that is, if the beach waves don’t get you first). Just because YOU’RE relaxing doesn’t mean your beach read has to be, and these heart-pounding thrillers will leave you at a loss for words… unless the words, of course, are “more please!”

And let’s not forget, it’s still LGBT+ Pride Month: this week, we’re bringing you one of the first #ownvoices non-binary coming out stories to hit the shelves. While Bookstr aspires to celebrate diverse voices every month, we’re especially excited to use this time to draw particular attention to identities that may remain misunderstood even within the LGBT+ community. So whether you’re reading on an airplane, beach, or even your commute home, we’ve got three stories that are guaranteed to captivate.

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

 

 

OUR HOT PICK
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

 

'The Last Houseguest' by Megan Miranda

 

 

Synopsis:

Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.

Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.

Why?

Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls dazzled critics: a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice,” the smash-hit bestseller gleaned favorable reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, Publisher’s Weekly, and Booklist. Now, Miranda is back at it with her next searing summer thriller: a Publisher’s Weekly starred review admires Miranda’s “clever, stylish mystery that will seize readers like a riptide.” Like her debut, this novel plays with time in a creative and compelling way, switching back and forth between 2017 and 2018 to keep up the palpable narrative tension. Unlike many thrillers, this one packs some serious commentary—the novel deftly explores the class tensions that complicate both the criminal investigation and the nature of Sadie & Avery’s friendship. This thriller is sure to thrill you with its character development and richly-realized web of secrets!

 

OUR BEACH READ
Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker

 

'Man of the Year' Caroline Louise Walker

 

 

Synopsis:

Beware the Man of the Year. You may praise him, resent him, even want to be him: but beneath the elegant trappings that define him, danger looms. Caroline Louise Walker’s stunning debut novel, for fans of Herman Koch’s The Dinner and Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, delves into the increasingly paranoid mind of a man whose life as the most upstanding of citizens hides a relentlessly dark heart.

Dr. Robert Hart, Sag Harbor’s just-named Man of the Year, is the envy of his friends and neighbors. His medical practice is thriving. He has a beautiful old house and a beautiful new wife and a beautiful boat docked in the village marina. Even his wayward son, Jonah, is back on track, doing well at school, finally worthy of his father’s attentions. So when Jonah’s troubled college roommate, Nick, needs a place to stay for the summer, Hart and his wife generously offer him their guest house. A win-win: Jonah will have someone to hang with, and his father can bask in the warm glow of his own generosity.

But when he begins to notice his new houseguest getting a little too close to his wife, the good doctor’s veneer begins to crack. All the little lies Robert tells—harmless falsehoods meant to protect everything he holds dear—begin to mount. Before long, he’s embroiled in a desperate downward spiral, destroying the lives that stand in his way. It’s only the women in his life—his devoted office manager, his friends, his wife—who can clearly see the truth.

Biting and timely, Man of the Year races along at an electric pace, with a wicked twist that you won’t see coming.

Why?

This acclaimed summer thriller boldly flaunts its credentials: Booklist, Refinery29, and Publisher’s Weekly features and favorable reviews. Coming from a debut author, the novel Kirkus Reviews calls “a darkly beguiling summer mystery that exposes the shaky foundations of a complicated family” is all the more impressive. While some thrillers focus solely on the plot, Walker’s debut is deeply-character driven, offering the reader a tantalizingly voyeuristic look into the mental unraveling of a man who seems, superficially, to have (and be) it all. Until he doesn’t seem that way at all. Rife with plot twists, the novel follows an awful protagonist whose awfulness, frighteningly, is secret to most of the characters in the story. This leaves readers with an intense and delicious sense of dramatic irony, both wondering (and dreading!) when these malignant qualities will show themselves unambiguously. With a relentless plot and masterful analysis of character, this book is the perfect vacation read. But be careful—your beach umbrella won’t be the only thing blown away.

 

OUR DARK HORSE
i wISH yOU alL THE beST BY mASON dEAVER

 

'I Wish You All the Best' by Mason Deaver

 

Synopsis:

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

Why?

It’s LGBT+ Pride Month and, while rainbows may be visible tacked up in a few shop windows, even many well-meaning allies remain unaware of the nuance in LGBT+ identities. While all such identities are underrepresented in the media, non-binary identities are especially absent from many LGBT+ narratives. As readers, we’re fortunate enough to have had a selection of coming-out stories; however, most of these titles pertain to sexual orientation rather than gender identity. Mason Deaver’s thoughtful #ownvoices debut offers us one of the first non-binary coming out stories available today, in the process challenging many stereotypes about non-binary and LGBT+ people in general. NB protagonist Ben’s bisexuality reaffirms that bisexuality is not trans-exclusionary, a nagging (and false!) misconception of the bi identity. And although Ben’s parents are not supportive, the novel is largely optimistic, focusing on Ben’s coming-of-age rather than their suffering. As Deaver said on BookCon’s Read With Pride panel, “queer joy is revolution.” (Click the link for my article profiling Deaver and other hot new LGBT+ authors!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andy Serkis Rumored to Star in ‘The Batman’!

There’s a good chance that Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves will be teaming up for the screen once again, but without all of the CGI motion-capture gear.

 

 

ComicBook.com reports that Serkis is rumored to play one of the many villains included in The Batman opposite Robert Pattinson. His role is unknown, but fans have pushed for him to be cast as the Penguin since the film was announced. The chances are even more likely now, given that the film will be inspired by Batman: The Long Halloween, which includes the iconic villain.

 

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Serkis and Reeves have a successful working relationship after the Planet of the Apes franchise, and Serkis has expressed excitement for any opportunity to collaborate again:

 

Oh, for sure! I mean, I’d go to the edge of the created universe with Matt Reeves. I mean, he’s the most brilliant director. I would work with anything with him again, y’know, I mean, I absolutely adore him and we’re very good friends, close friends, and I think he’s an extraordinary director so, for sure.

 

Serkis’s other recent big-franchise commitments have also concluded. His Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy is dead. His Ulysses Klaue in Black Panther is dead. His Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars is dead. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be given a coveted Batman role.

 

 

Given that starring as the Penguin is somewhat consistent with his experience playing CGI animal characters, would a CGI eyebrow and monocle be out of the question?

 

 

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