Year 7, Book 42

42. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This book had huge hype leading up to it’s publication, and I believe is already topping some bestseller charts, which is why I am shocked by how much I disliked it. The book has an interesting premise. Nick and Amy have been married for five years. After meeting in New York City and then both losing their jobs they return to Nick’s hometown in Missouri where he opens a bar with his twin sister Go (short for Margo).
However, on the morning of their anniversary Amy goes missing. Nick of course immediately becomes the prime suspect, but did he really do it? The story is told in alternate chapters from Nick’s point of view in the present starting with the day Amy disappears and moving through the days of the investigation and Amy’s point of view as written in her diary starting with their first meeting and leading up to the day of her disappearance. As the story progresses you learn more and more about each of the characters and their marriage.
One of my main problems with the book was how much I hated both Nick and Amy. I have a really hard time enjoying books when I completely loathe all of it’s main characters as I did with this one. I can’t really expand more without spoiling the plot, but I also found much of the second half of the book to really obvious with none of the plot twists actually being a surprise to me at all. I currently seem to be the only person on the planet who has read this book that isn’t in love with it though, so your mileage may vary. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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