Friday, August 17, 2012

"Gone Girl"=Best Book of the Summer?

I think yes. 


Book Description from Amazon:    "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 from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. 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? 
   As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?'

Judging by the brief synopsis, I figured I'd get bored quickly by this book. Wife goes missing, husband gets accused? Sounds like an episode of Nancy Grace to me.


But no. There is so much more to Gone Girl than that. The editors clearly don't want to spoil the book and have made the synopsis vague on purpose. The twists and turns are what make Gone Girl the best book of the summer. They're part of the adventure of reading it, so they can't be spoiled.

 The whole point of the novel is that nothing is what it seems to be. You don't know who's lying, who's telling the truth. You're presented with a clear idea of who the two main characters are--Amy and her husband Nick--but those ideas continue morphing as progress further into the novel.

And...that's about as much as I can tell you without spoiling it for you. My advice? Pick up Gone Girl now before someone else spoils it for you! If you were aware of the twists beforehand, I don't think the book would be interesting at all.

I still haven't finished it, but I probably will by the time the night is over. The book might just have kept me up till 2 last night...I couldn't put it down! Thanks for anyone who suggested this book for me, whether you did on your blog or you did via a comment on one of my previous posts. I love it!

So, since you all have good taste, what do you think--what's the last book I should read before the fall semester begins? Any suggestions?


18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recommendation! Sounds like a book that's right up my alley. I've recently gotten into thrillers and read three of John Hart's book in a week. My favorite was Iron House. Read it! That Nancy Grace pic had me laughing.

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    1. I'll have to check out some of those books. I love thrillers too but there's so many out there that I don't know where to start. I've got to check out John Hart, I'm sure I'd like his books!

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  2. Ooh this sounds really good! Definitely going to ty to fit it in before I start back to uni :) thanks for the suggestion :)

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    1. You have to! I wish I could say more about it, but I don't want to ruin anything for you. Just read it, it's good, I promise :)

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  3. I read this book earlier in the summer, and I definitely think it was the best book I read all summer. I heard that they are going to make a movie of it, which I'm super excited about!
    Katie

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    1. They're going to make a movie of it? That's awesome. Can't wait to see who they cast for the roles of Amy and Nick.

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  4. What a cute site, stopping by and following from a blog hop, feel free to follow back!
    www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! Going to check out your blog now :)

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  5. this is on my list already,i am pumped to read it!!

    i love the nora roberts' innboonsoboro series (the last always, the last boyfriend) and i recently read ROOM which was good.

    happy friday!

    cute blog!

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    1. I heard Room was good too, but it seems so sad :( And my mom swears by Nora Roberts, but I haven't read any of her books yet. Gotta check them out!

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  6. I keep hearing such great things about this one. I haven't picked it up yet, but it's definitely on my list of books to read.

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    1. You definitely have to check it out! I loved it.

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  7. Hi Becky, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you so much Chris! I'll definitely stop by your blog and check it out. Hope you have a great day too :)

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  8. LOL! Nancy Grace. The woman is terrifying. Haha.

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    1. I know! She seriously creeps me out, haha.

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