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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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Oct 12, 12

bookshelves: read-2012
Recommended to Jennifer by: Tessa & Beth
Recommended for: those who are not faint-hearted about the ugliness that people do to one another
Read in October, 2012

Holy F*****. This book chilled me to the bone. By now, you probably know the basic plot. On a couple's 5th wedding anniversary, the wife disappears and the husband is the prime suspect. The novel alternates between chapters from Nick the husband's point of view that start with the day of the disappearance and chapters from Amy the wife's point of view that start five years before when Nick and Amy first meet at a party in New York City. However, that plot summary doesn't begin to describe the events that lead the couple from a pretty charmed existence in NYC to a much more economically precarious situation in Nick's hometown in Missouri. It definitely doesn't begin to describe the immense amounts of baggage that Amy and Nick bring to their relationship and that lead to the inevitable implosion. Flynn has crafted a taught, hard-to-put down thriller with characters that refuse to be likable but also refuse to be dismissed.

I'm used to reading books about ugly situations but they usually have one character who acts as the moral center of the piece. However, this book refuses to give you that and it's both daring but also a bit like looking into the abyss. I definitely recommend this book but as a single person, it made me want to ditch the dating game and end my days in a monastery.
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Jennifer About halfway through and just went, "WTF!!!!!"

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