One of my favorite evenings of the month is Book Club, but this month I was not able to make the gathering and had to make do with a round of emails to get caught up with my friends. More importantly, I was dying to hear what everyone thought of the book we read. For November we read Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl centers around the disappearance of Amy on her fifth Wedding Anniversary. Amy’s husband, Nick, is the suspect in his wife’s disappearance. The story is narrated by both Nick and Amy, each chapter in their own words and memory. It starts out slowly and then as they start weaving you into their lives and history, it becomes apparent that Amy is psychotic. Knowing I could not make our Book Club, coupled with Amy’s crazy behavior, I had to put the book down. It made me anxious and uncomfortable to read another page, I have to say…
Spoiler Alert: As I followed up with the group via email the day after the meeting, it seemed pretty unanimous that everyone found the book disturbing and hated the ending. It left them disgruntled and miserable that there was no repercussion for the behavior. Although I did not finish the book, I must admit I did read the ending and have to agree with the group. If you do not mind being left with loose ends, then you will not be bothered by the ending like we were, but if you like an ending where everything is tied up, then this book is not for you. You have been forewarned!
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