Saturday, July 21, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I'm one of those freaky book lovers that actually doesn't like to listen to music very much.  In fact, my iPhone is packed with audio books, not music.  My students all think I'm weird, but I figure when I'm working out or walking the dog, why would you want to waste good time on songs when there are so many books left in the world to read?  My favorite source is  I only choose books with great reviews on the actual reader; that way I get a movie playing in my head as I listen.

My latest book-listen was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  It's been on the top of all the Northwest bestseller lists, plus it's a mystery, so I figured I couldn't go wrong.  It is the story of Nick and Amy, a young couple who have been married for five years.  After job losses, money problems, freaky parents, and a move from New York back to Nick's home town in Missouri, Amy winds up missing on their fifth wedding anniversary.  The story is told through both Nick and Amy's eyes, in a diary/prose format.  Unfortunately, I cannot really say anything else about the plot line or I would wind up the biggest 'spoiler' in world.  Suffice it to be said, that this book is NUTS.  Every twist and turn an author could put in, red herrings all over the place, and some wickedly drawn characters populating the story - this book is a brilliant, mind-bending story.  I was so engrossed with it that I had to grab a paper copy from a friend and stay up until midnight to finish it (audible was reading too slowly for me!).  That was a first.  I love that it's not a 'pretty lil package' story and that unexpected things continuously pop up.  Good brain candy, yes, but also brilliantly written, wicked funny in spots, and thought-provoking.  This would be a great book club book as so much exists to discuss in the end.  Whether you like mysteries, romance, whatever, this is a book you should NOT miss.

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