Something wicked this way comes…..

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Read it. Read it. Read it. Did I mention you should read it? It is fantastic. I don’t normally read psychological thriller/who done it books but there was a lot of buzz about this one. And I’m hoping to add to it. The final push to read it came from Hoda Kotb on The Today Show. She went on and on and on about it. Kind of like me.
So here’s the amazon synopsis……
On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle in the house and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. It doesn’t help that Nick hasn’t been completely honest with the police and, as Amy’s case drags out for weeks, more and more vilifying evidence appears against him. Nick, however, maintains his innocence. Told from alternating points of view between Nick and Amy, Gillian Flynn creates an untrustworthy world that changes chapter-to-chapter. Calling Gone Girl a psychological thriller is an understatement. As revelation after revelation unfolds, it becomes clear that the truth does not exist in the middle of Nick and Amy’s points of view; in fact, the truth is far more dark, more twisted, and more creepy than you can imagine. Gone Girl is masterfully plotted from start to finish and the suspense doesn’t waver for one page. It’s one of those books you will feel the need to discuss immediately after finishing because the ending doesn’t just come; it punches you in the gut.
That really sums up the book well. It makes an episode of Criminal Minds look normal. My post title of ‘something wicked this way comes’ describes the two main characters. At first you feel so bad for Nick, then he is the devil, then he is the wronged, then he is the devil again, and the cycle continues. Same with the character of Amy, his wife. The book turns on a dime. I was reading the final paragraph and had no idea how the book would end. I’m not kidding. I was waiting for the big change up again in the last few lines. I won’t tell you if it came or not. Some of the things that happen in this book are just not expected. Some of the characters are just wicked in thought and deed. God help us all if we actually knew people like this. I can’t go into specifics without giving away the plot but rest assured these people are warped.
I also really like the format of the book. The alternating voices of Nick and Amy in each chapter was great. You sometimes got the same story from two different view points, sometimes they filled in details in each others chapters, and sometimes it was completely new material. Well done.
Very well written book. While the language is colloquial, the characters are very intelligent so the prose was a step up from most thrillers. The characters are both writers and involved in the world of publishing so they speak and think and devise at a higher level. I liked that. There is only one ‘ ditsy’ character in the book was she was needed and is well written.
So read it. Read it read it. Did I mention you should read it?

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