Gone Girl                                                                                              Marriage can be a real killer.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media – as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents – Nick parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. He is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter but is he really a killer?

Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife?

A fast-paced, devilishly dark and ingeniously plotted thriller.

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a real passionate response from a book with this group, so I was hoping for at least a tiny spark from this month’s choice, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

 I was not disappointed! There is something about a twisted, controlling sociopath with a premeditated plan to loathe and suffering that gets a reader’s adrenaline pumping. We had a big group this month and although the enjoyment score was high (a unanimous nine) everyone varied on what they got from this tale. Cherie noticed how the ‘perfect picture’ of Amy and Nick unraveled chapter by chapter until both characters’ many faults became exposed. Very clever writing in her view. Jean believed the success of the story laid in the author’s ability to sway the reader’s empathy back and forth between Amy and Nick. Again … clever writing.

Cheryl and Vanessa found that Flynn’s many ‘red herrings’ kept the interest alive, always presenting yet another alternative to the ultimate resolve. There were also many interesting relationships unfolding within the main plot that the group picked up on. Inevitably we found ourselves discussing the ‘nature or nurture’ question. Was Amy’s twisted nature of her own making or the product of her environment?

Mary and Sandra completed our analysis with some all important negatives. (After all, just like people, no book is perfect!)

Mary, although enjoying the read was disappointed with the conclusion, she had seen it coming and was hoping for a surprise or twist. Sandra finds it hard to like a story about such  warped and perverse characters, so she was in doubt concerning its worth.

And Delia … well, with a twinkle in her eye, proclaimed she LIKED IT! Hugh praise from that astute reader, I must say.

Summing up, this book did a good job of providing us with a lively and intelligent discussion. Generally we ask for little more and gladly take anything else!

 And lastly, two new members joined us this month.

Welcome Marie and Lyn!