Look at the cover of this book: it will tell you everything you need to know about whether you are the kind of person who will love reading it or not. Do you like the happy, ocean blue cover, the properly punctuated title, the bold graphic design? There is a direct correlation between people who are attracted to blue covers and those who love reading hilarious, flighty books about dysfunctional genius families. There must be.
I love books where the main character is largely absent and unknowable. Bernadette’s story is told through a series of e-mails, faxes, FBI reports, and newspaper clippings collected during the five weeks she disappeared. While a few of the excerpts are her personal correspondences, the reader mostly gets to know Bernadette by the way she determines the actions of those around her, constantly pushing people beyond their normal personalities. She’s the kind of character you wish would live in your neighborhood so you, too, could have someone to speculate endlessly about and who would occasionally throw your life into much-needed disarray.
Recommended Action: Buy –
Borrow – TBR – Avoid
Length: 352 pgs
Further Reading: Try as I might, I can’t think of another book that combines such an interesting form of storytelling with a similar level of humor. There are surface similarities between Bernadette and Gone Girl in that they both use excerpts to tell a story of a missing woman… but they really aren’t in the same league.