by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl feels like it's been the book of the summer. Nick Dunne's wife, Amy, goes missing on the morning of their fifth anniversary. All signs point to Nick (especially Amy's interspersed diary entries), but the story of what really happened is not as neat a solution as the ensuing media circus makes it out to be.

I'm not much of a mystery reader, but I was very disappointed in this novel for the amount of hype it's received. I like twists and turns as well as the next reader, but I found the solution to Amy's disappearance to be overly far-fetched. Flynn does a good job of drawing the reader in, but she left a few loose ends hanging by the novel's deflated end. I've heard other people talk about the "darkness" of this novel either as an endorsement or a criticism. Maybe I've been warped by authors like Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor, but for me Gillian Flynn almost isn't dark enough.

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