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October 29, 2012

"Because isn't that the point of every relationship to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn't that the simple magic phrase?"

"There's something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold."

A few weeks ago I finished Gone Girl, a book title that seems to be on the tip of everyone's tongue. The book begins on the morning of Nick Dunne's five year anniversary with his wife Amy, when she mysteriously disappears. Throughout the book we hear Nick's present point of view as the days and weeks that Amy is missing go by, as well as Amy's perspective from past diary entries. It is obvious that the couple has their issues, both misunderstanding each other at times; a very typical relationship in many people's eyes. Everyone looked at the couple as a perfect pair, but people's flaws are always more pronounced when there is a reason to highlight them, something that Nick learns through his experiences throughout the novel. Did Nick kill Amy? Was she taken? Is she alive? Was their marriage actually perfect before Amy's disappearance? 

As with most good books, there's a HUGE plot twist in the middle that I don't really think anyone could actually predict. I had suspicions all the way through that were close, but I could have never completely nailed it. This book was unlike anything I have ever read, and it is definitely a book that I recommend to read because of that. There were a lot of people that didn't love it, especially because of the last portion of the book for a number of different reasons, but you can't always love everything that a book and the author has to offer. I thought that this book was addictive, showing sides of people that we all know could be there, but tend to ignore. It highlights the complexity of the human race and complications in loving relationships, many of which Gillian Flynn describes to a T.

This book is definitely a roller coaster at times, but it was weirdly satisfying even though it is a litttttttle bit crazy. Read it!

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