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Caught in a Bad Romance

on August 9, 2012

Nick Dunne and Amy Elliot Dunne are caught in a bad romance.

I have to say, I love this cover. It really sets the tone for the novel.

I just finished “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, this summer’s big best seller.  It is definitely not a happy book, but it certainly made me happy to read a book so original, suspenseful and well-written.  After a summer reading books that ranged from bad to ok, what a pleasure it was to read a book that I couldn’t put down.

“Gone Girl” is a suspense novel that tells the story of a marriage gone terribly wrong. On the morning of Nick and Amy’s 5th wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing and Nick is quickly the suspect. The story is told from alternating points of view, switching between Nick and Amy. (Amy’s in the form of diary entries).

This is a hard book to write about because I don’t want to give anything away. It is a page turner – it is surprising, a little  creepy, and always interesting. But what really drew me in was the sad, dysfunctional relationship of Nick and Amy. ( And really, their dysfunctional relationships with all the important people in their lives).  It is also a hard book not to write about,too, because the story gives you a lot to think about. Just when you think you have it figured out, another twist is thrown in. And I gotta talk about that ending to someone, sometime.

I felt a little bad after a recommended this book to my engaged daughter. I thought, “is this the portrait of marriage she should be reading right before her wedding?” So it cracked me up  when  the author wrote  in her acknowledgments, thanking two friends who had read it in the months leading up to their wedding, “it doesn’t seem to have harmed you in the least.”

This is the sweet face of the author, Gillian Flynn, whose brain concocted this dark and twisted tale:

Gillian Flynn

This was a book that was fun to read. I have a feeling I will be checking out her earlier books.

7 responses to “Caught in a Bad Romance

  1. Trish says:

    I still want to read it!!!

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