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Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Oct. 2, 2012

In her third book, Chicago novelist Gillian Flynn introduces readers to Amy Elliot Dunne. Amy is beautiful, clever and perfect in every way. After being married to journalist-turned-bar-owner Lance "Nick" Dunne for five years, Amy has started to become unhappy. Having lost both of their cushy New York magazine jobs, they move back to Nick’s hometown of Carthage, Mo. The move is spurred by the news of Nick’s mother’s fatal illness, his father succumbing to dementia and Amy’s comfortable trust fund being sucked dry by her fiscally unable parents. Then, on their fifth anniversary, Nick is hit with even more terrible news: Where is Amy?

"Gone Girl" is told through two separate points of view that cut between the past and present. Amy gives the reader clues to what has been happening in the past leading up to the mystery of her disappearance. Nick, stuck in the now, tries to find clues about what happened to his wife and why she disappeared. Why Amy? Why now?

This thriller presents an array of suspects and secrets that just aren’t what they seem. In this unsettling book, Flynn gives readers a twisted tale of failed dreams, dangerous love and an impassioned plot.

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