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Gone Girl: A Novel, Gillian Flynn (2012)

Gone Girl just KEPT coming up over and over again in my recommendations on Goodreads, Amazon, etc.  Initially it didn’t look too interesting to me, but then stupid Gwyneth Paltrow included a blurb about it in her stupid GOOP newsletter, and I decided I did want to read it.  (Gwyneth’s newsletter fills me with rage at her elitism and her obliviousness to HOW NORMAL PEOPLE LIVE, yet I feel COMPELLED to continue reading it, even though it makes me cray-cray.)

I can’t say too much about the plot of this book, because there are a lot of twists and turns, and I don’t want to give anything away.  The novel begins with Amy– a New York transplant to Missouri, who agreed to move to her husband’s hometown after they both were laid off– going missing.  Her husband, Nick, appears to have been caught unawares, but after some unusual behavior from him, the police begin to suspect him.  The rest of the novel tracks down the suspicious circumstances around Amy’s disappearance, as well as explores their sometimes blissful but other times rocky marriage.

Gone Girl really was the kind of novel I was looking for right now.  It is a light read, requires little thinking, but is full of action.  The plot was engaging enough that I stayed up late a few nights reading it, but not so gripping as to keep me at the edge of my seat, an up all night reading just to find out what’s coming next.

If you’re looking for something to read on the beach or on a plane, Gone Girl is a good pick.  I can’t see it winning any literary awards, but it does have the chops for bestseller lists.


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