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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

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Scarlett's Review

Where do I begin? I’ll start with I am a very emotional creature; I feel things too deeply for my own good. I kept seeing things about this book and how great it was. Mindfuck seemed to be thrown around quite carelessly and frequently. Well, let me just tell you, I don’t deal well with mindfucks. So, I didn’t dive in with everyone else. I thought, you go be mindfucked, I’ll just go read about regular fucking. The kind that doesn’t involve my mind. That came out wrong, but you know what I mean. Then I begin seeing the movie promotions and, well, I want to see the movie. The only problem with that is, I like to read the book first. So I now have a dilemma. What to do? Mindfuck or no mindfuck? I caved and went with mindfuck. Let me tell you, my mind was fucked hard and thorough. I started reading and immediately tried to figure everything out. Big mistake. This involved lots of messages to friends with “theories”. Not one single friend gave up anything. Nothing. I now look like the worst clue finder in history. A trail of my many rants, theories, and emotions left behind to immortalize how wrong I was.

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I was so wrong. About everything. Every little thing. Oh, wait! I was right about one thing I can’t tell you about. Okay, I feel better now.
On to the book. Here we have Amy and Nick. Working class guy meets rich girl. Amy is missing, hence the title Gone Girl. The first 50% of the story is told through Nick in present day as he deals with her disappearance, and Amy through her diary entries. In the beginning, Nick is a mystery to me. I can’t figure out what he’s up to. Obviously. His inner thoughts bely the outer appearance of what he shows the world. And Nick is troubled. And very troubling. Why does he keep saying these awful things about the woman who seemingly is trying so hard to make it work? I want to like him, but I just don’t. Normally I would feel bad for the seeming sociopath, hoping for redemption, but not this time. Amy is the woman I can’t help but feel for. She tugged at my heart. Parents that make her what they think she should be in their books, and a husband that seemingly no longer loves her. She’s in a no win situation with a man she loves and he’s..well, it’s complicated. Her thoughts in her diary in the first 50% of the book reveal a woman struggling to keep her marriage afloat. Struggling to hold on to the love she had with Nick. The growing distance between them and her inability to do anything right by him, yet not willing to give up on him. Her diary entries physically pained me, and my goodness did certain lines from her make me want to cry. The sweet things she did for him that he didn’t appreciate. Bastard. I was completely on her side. All the little reveals kept coming about Nick. And the suspense was killing me. You can sense my stress level from the extra question marks and exclamation points. One is simply not enough in times like these.

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As the days Amy was gone mounted, my dislike for Nick mounted as well. My heart break for Amy became a painful ache in my chest. Messages were flying to my friends. Crying sticker filled messages like this…

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Cue the record scratch because I hit 50% and guess what? A total mindfuck happened.

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So the second half of the book was spent with me still trying to come to grips with what was revealed. I feel like I need to point out that I was totally focused on Amy in this book. To me, she was the star of the show. I’m fairly certain she would appreciate that. These characters, Nick and Amy, were so disdainful yet so enthralling. I’m quite perplexed at how I feel about them. Do I like Nick? I still don’t know. Did I come to understand his motives and why he handled things the way he did? Yes. And Amy, well let’s just say, Amy has some issues she may need to work on. This is where it starts to get tricky to delve into things without giving away spoilers. I was completely aghast at times at the amount of crazy one person can contain, but completely absorbed by it. I loved this book even though I was a complete wreck reading it. Isn’t that what a great book does? It gives you flawed characters with a little something that resonates with you, it devours you, chews you up, spits you out, and leaves an imprint on you. This is exactly what Gone Girl did to me. And that is why I love reading.

5 Stars