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User Topic: Gone Girl: A Novel
Too_Trusting
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Default  Posted: 6:57 PM, July 6th (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

From my POV, it was the style of writing that made it unusual. Each chapter alternates being told from the husband's POV and then the wife. The husband's are told from present time, based on the date of his wife's disappearance. IOW, his chapters are "xxx date, 1 day missing" and so on. The wife's (in part 1) are told from her diary. It gives you a back story to their relationship and marriage.

Then comes part 2 and blows every notion you had formed in part 1 completely away. It is still told with alternating chapters from the husband and the wife, except the wife is now telling her story in present-day.

I will say that this book gripped me from page 1. I haven't read a book that kept me soooooo interested since Wally Lamb's first book (can't remember the name). That has been more than 10 years ago, so trust me, this book IS worth reading and buying, IMO.


"Anyone perfect must be lying; anything easy has its cost. Anyone plain can be lovely; anyone loved can be lost." Barenaked Ladies

Posts: 2452 | Registered: Jun 2002 | From: North Carolina
sharim
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Default  Posted: 7:58 PM, July 6th (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Heart-in-a-blend - When I started this book it did kinda bother me some because of all the recent stories that have been in the news lately about wives being "missing". (Kept thinking about that so horrible story in Utah with that totally creepo husband/father). But I found the writing style good and it kind of kept pushing me forward to see what was going to happen.

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heart_in_a_blend
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Default  Posted: 11:01 AM, July 7th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Okay, now I can not resist. This was the information I was hoping for.

Thank you.

Too_Trusting: Wally Lamb "I know this much is true."

Wonderful book. Best! This was the last book my dad and I read together before he died.


In life, much of what one grieves one never had.

Posts: 3036 | Registered: May 2009
starrysky
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Default  Posted: 10:21 PM, July 7th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just downloaded it on my Kindle (literally 2 seconds ago lol). Normally I don't like spending more than $7.99 for a Kindle book & this was $12.99, but I splurged. Can't wait to start it tonight, I've heard great things about it.


"The grass is not greener on the other side, it's greener where you water it"

Me(37)-FWW/BS
Him(36)-BH/WH The love of my life
2 Daughters: 15,11
Married 14 years Together 17 years
11 Month EA & PA
Beautifully Reconciled


Posts: 585 | Registered: May 2007
Hope24
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Default  Posted: 5:43 PM, July 10th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

As a connisseur of psychological thrillers, I loved this book. The ending bothered me, though.


She packed up her potential and all she had learned and headed out to change a few things.

Posts: 7605 | Registered: Jan 2006 | From: Poolside
Too_Trusting
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Default  Posted: 7:37 PM, July 10th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I felt odd about the ending too. Felt kinda lame or "unfinished" to me. But all in all, I LOVED the book. Engrossed from page 1.

I'm reading another of her books now - "Sharp Objects".


"Anyone perfect must be lying; anything easy has its cost. Anyone plain can be lovely; anyone loved can be lost." Barenaked Ladies

Posts: 2452 | Registered: Jun 2002 | From: North Carolina
want_to_forgive
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Default  Posted: 4:33 PM, July 13th (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am nearing the end... torn between wanting to know what happens and not wanting to be done with it! A very readable, engaging psychological thriller.


M 11 years
Me: BS 38 Him: WS
DDay June 2006, LTA BFFOW
Divorced April 5, 2013
Not making a decision is making a decision.

Posts: 534 | Registered: Jul 2008 | From: Alaska
Too_Trusting
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Default  Posted: 6:49 PM, July 13th (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am nearing the end... torn between wanting to know what happens and not wanting to be done with it! A very readable, engaging psychological thriller.

That's exactly how I felt too! I was obsessed with reading it, but knew I'd be sad when it was over.


"Anyone perfect must be lying; anything easy has its cost. Anyone plain can be lovely; anyone loved can be lost." Barenaked Ladies

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soveryweary
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Default  Posted: 9:17 AM, July 14th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just picked it up at the library yesterday.
I plan a day in the sun reading.


Divorced 1/3/14

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HappilyUnMarried
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Default  Posted: 11:39 AM, July 14th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

**** WARNING: SPOILER alert for those that haven't read it yet *****

The ending bothered me though
.

After contemplating the ending for a while... I'm thinking it's a pretty fitting ending. Both characters were pretty unlikable and narcissistic. Although they made a very enjoyable read! The fact that neither got their "fairy tale" ending I think was appropriate!!!! Neither deserved it (although I worry about their children... those children will have serious therapy bills later in life with those fucked up parents!)


True happiness comes from within, not from someone else.† Donít make the mistake of waiting on someone or something to come along and make you happy

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Hope24
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Default  Posted: 7:05 PM, July 17th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I think you're right, HUM.

Just finished Flynn's "Dark Places" which was decent but no where near the caliber of "Gone Girl". Today I started her debut novel, "Sharp Objects".


She packed up her potential and all she had learned and headed out to change a few things.

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VanillaBean
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Default  Posted: 7:26 PM, July 17th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just finished listening to the book on my phone (audible.com). Loved it. Although she is quite nuts I can feel some of her justification. Highly recommend.


BW 48
WH 45
DD 3/17/12
Married 8 years, together 13
Moving on. THE WAR IS OVER!!! (Kelly Clarkson)

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Too_Trusting
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Default  Posted: 7:39 PM, July 20th (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hope,

Today I started her debut novel, "Sharp Objects".

I just finished Sharp Objects and liked it very much too. Not obsessive reading like Gone Girl, but very interesting and was surprised by the ending.


"Anyone perfect must be lying; anything easy has its cost. Anyone plain can be lovely; anyone loved can be lost." Barenaked Ladies

Posts: 2452 | Registered: Jun 2002 | From: North Carolina
Hope24
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Default  Posted: 3:46 PM, July 21st (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished Sharp Objects and liked it very much too. Not obsessive reading like Gone Girl, but very interesting and was surprised by the ending.

TT - can't say I was surprised at the ending but I love her dark and twisted characters. She's definitely an author to watch. I hope she gets even better as her writing skills mature. All her books fall apart for me at the end but she's still very good.


She packed up her potential and all she had learned and headed out to change a few things.

Posts: 7605 | Registered: Jan 2006 | From: Poolside
positively4thst
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Default  Posted: 9:20 PM, July 21st (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished reading it. I really loved it as I kept trying to stay one step ahead of the book and predict what was going to happen. I was never right!!

I didn't like the ending either! I had a great idea for the ending that I think is much better!! Honestly, I think I usually feel let down by endings.


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swizzlestick03
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Default  Posted: 11:58 AM, August 21st (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I finished it in a day. I thought it was fantastic until the end!


Me: BW-32
Him: WS-31
D-Day #1: 16 August 2010
D-Day #2: 16 January 2011
One small kiddo.

Posts: 559 | Registered: Nov 2010
ShatteredHeart70
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Default  Posted: 9:53 PM, August 21st (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I want to read this book and hopefully will someday. I watched a movie the other day that had an unfaithful partner in it and it just pissed me off something fierce! Probably wouldn't be a good read for me right now.


D-day: Oct 2, 2011 (Happy birthday to me! grrr)
Married for 14 years
Me 42, XWh 44, DS 14
DIVORCING on my terms and can't wait until final orders!
June 4 2012 Divorce final; EXWH married his mistress 2 days later.
Moving on.

Posts: 49 | Registered: Oct 2011 | From: Colorado
gonnabe2016
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Default  Posted: 1:57 AM, August 22nd (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

SH70--I found the infidelity in this book palatable just due to the way it was incorporated and the other events that were occurring at the time. And I have an extreme aversion to all things infidelity-related.


The ending as a whole did feel unfinished. But I guess that you can fill in the blanks.

I really liked the husbands last quoted line in the book, though. I almost *copped* it for my tagline....but didn't. I thought it was extrememly fitting.


"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.


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