Monday, December 10, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne disappears from her home in North Carthage, Missouri. The town quickly accuses her husband, Nick, of murder. His lies and inappropriate behavior, as well as the evidence, quickly pile up and it seems as if there can be no other answer, but Nick is adamant in his denial of murder. Sure he's made some mistakes and their marriage wasn't perfect, but is he really a killer? The problem is, if he's not responsible for Amy's disappearance, who is?

Told in fast-paced, deliciously scandalous prose, Flynn has written the book of the year. Chances are that if you haven't read Gone Girl already, you know someone who has, and they've recommended it to you. They may have even pushed it into your hands with instructions to go home and not do anything else until you've finished it. This book is a psychological thriller to the very end. Even when I thought I had it figured out, I still couldn't be 100% sure; it kept me guessing, and it kept me turning pages. And when there were no more pages to turn...well, the story wasn't over. It lingers in your mind and you keep playing out the scenario, guessing as to what happens next. That's the beauty of Flynn's writing: even when the book is done, the story isn't. There's still so much left to tell, and yet it feels like the right place to end the novel.

If you're in a reading slump, if you don't read much at all, or if you simply can't decide which book to pick up next, this is your answer.

5 out of 5 stars

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