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It’s time for a 40 books by 40 update. Book number 4 is “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Anyone searching for book recommendations has probably heard of this book. And let me tell you it does not disappoint. With everyone ranting and raving about this book, I knew I had to read it. Plus I have read one of Flynn’s other books “Sharp Objects” and enjoyed it a lot.
I’m not sure if it was my fondness for the other book or what, but it took me about half way into this book to get into it. I think I was afraid of the book getting predictable or following the same formula as “Sharp Objects” so I was a bit hesitant in my reading. If you haven’t read the book, I wouldn’t read anything about it. Just jump in and read. I’m the type of person that previous knowledge gets in my head, and I try to figure out the book rather than just reading. If you want to know a little about the book or need a memory boost if you have read it, then read on. I won’t give away any big spoilers of course.
“Gone Girl” is the story of Nick and Amy Dunne. Amy goes missing on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary. As in most cases of a missing wife, the husband becomes the prime suspect. Yet another reason to never get married. But that’s not the point. The book is told in first person narrative, alternating between Nick and Amy. Don’t let this dissuade you if you do not like books in the first person. It is completely clear who is the storyteller in each chapter. As the narrator changes, so does the reader’s allegiance. Nick’s side, then back to Amy’s side. Back and forth. Back and forth. I don’t really want to say too much else, except there is a twist.
I was blown away. I didn’t see it coming at all. If you like thrillers, crime dramas, mysteries, and messed up families, I would highly recommend this book.
What have you been reading lately?