Gone Girl

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WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

Gone Girl is a psychological thriller about the dissolution of a marriage. It is the third novel from Chicago-based novelist Gillian Flynn. Nick and Amy Dunne have been married for five years but have recently grown apart. They had been living in New York until Nick’s Mother was diagnosed with Cancer. They then relocated to Nick’s hometown of Missouri, along the Mississippi River, to care for her. Nick is a journalist, and Amy writes quizzes for a popular magazine, although both have recently lost their jobs. In Missouri, Nick buys a bar with his twin sister Margo. The purchase is funded by Amy, who has a trust fund that was set up by her parents from the proceeds of their successful novels in the Amazing Amy series.

On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy mysteriously disappears from their home. The police are convinced that Nick has killed Amy, but after piecing together a treasure hunt Amy left as an anniversary present, Nick realises that Amy has not only faked her own death, but also framed Nick for her murder.

The novel is written in a dual narrative with the reader getting Nick’s perspective at the current time, and Amy’s story in flashback style which we later discover is a fake diary she has written. Because of the psychological nature of the story, the reader is compelled to keep reading, but because the characters are so unlikeable, I found myself not caring much whether Amy was alive or dead. Gone Girl was my choice for our December book club after I read many glowing reports on twitter. However, I was expecting more of a scary thriller and I didn’t find this book scary in the traditional sense, so I was a bit disappointed on that level. Those of us in book club who finished the book all agreed that Amy was a serious nutcase and the lengths she went to in order to set Nick up were astounding.

My score 7.5/10

Book club score 7/10

2012 End of Year Book Survey

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Jamie over at The Perpetual page-turner is hosting an end of year survey that I thought sounded interesting.

BEST IN BOOKS 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want )

Gold – Chris Cleave

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

The Sense of an ending – Julian Barnes

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?

The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Gold – Chris Cleave

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Lumatere Chronicles – Melina Marchetta

Caster Chronicles – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

6. Favourite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Chris Cleave. I’ve read all three of his novels this year.

7. Best Book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta. I don’t normally read fantasy, but I loved this!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton

9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most likely to re-read next year

The only thing I’ll be re-reading are some classic books for the Classics Club challenge.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2012?

I don’t really have a stand-out favourite

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Sophie from Gold by Chris Cleave

Little Bee from Little Bee by Chris Cleave

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Easily Questions of Travel – Michelle de Kretser

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Gold – Chris Cleave

In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally

15. Favourite Passage/Quote from a book you read in 2012?

Don’t have one.

16. Shortest & Longest Book you read in 2012?

Longest would be Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?

The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

18. Favourite Relationship from a book you read in 2012?

Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Froi and Quintana from the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

19. Favourite book you read in 2012 from an author you read previously?

All that I am – Anna Funder

20. Best Book you read that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else?

Little Bee – Chris Cleave

BOOK BLOGGING/READING LIFE IN 2012

1. New Favourite book blog you discovered in 2012?

I discovered them all this year as I only started blogging in 2012, but my favourite would have to be The Classics Club

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2012?

Schindler’s Ark

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

The Secret Keeper giveaway

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

Probably The Unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D read-a-long hosted by Bree at 1girl2manybooks

5. Best event that you participated in?

Hearing Roddy Doyle speak at the Sydney Writer’s Festival

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

Starting my blog emmalikestoread

7. Most popular post this year on your blog?

Easily The Secret Keeper giveaway

8. Post you wished got a little more love?

Can I say all of them?

9. Best Bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Yes, I’m a little late to the party but The Book Depository.

10. Did you complete and reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I didn’t set any.

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2012 but will be your number 1 priority in 2013?

Foal’s Bread – Gillian Mears

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2013?

And the Mountains echoed – Khalid Hosseini

3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2013?

I have signed up for both The Classics Club Challenge and The Australian Women’s Writers Challenge, so I’m hoping to read some books towards those. I would also love to participate in some more read-a-longs.