GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, Gone Girl, on a list of “must read” books for summer. The reviews I read piqued my curiosity, so one lazy Sunday a few weeks ago, I downloaded it to my Kindle. Within minutes, I was swept into the story of Nick and Amy, a young couple on the cusp of their fifth wedding anniversary. This psychological thriller is told from both Nick and Amy’s point of view, switching systematically from one to the other. Nick has lost his job as a writer and Amy is not happy about moving back to his hometown so he can open a bar and help care for his ailing mother. Amy’s voice supplies the background of their whirlwind courtship, but it soon becomes clear that this is a marriage in trouble. The first half of the book moved quickly and cleverly, as long as you can handle the crude language. My attention began to wane during the last part of the book, but at that point, I had to find out the ending. If you like a tangled web and a strange ending, pick up Gone Girl and tote it along in your summer satchel.