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March Book Review: Gone Girl

March Book Review: Gone Girl

I am well aware of the fact that I am about four years late on reading this book. In my defense when this book was released I was too young to read it. I feel as if this was the right time and age for me to read this book. So, no regrets on not reading it sooner. 

My Reasons For Reading This Book

My mother is aware of the type of books that I enjoy reading and suggested I read Gone Girl. She read the book around the time it was released and knew that the book fit the genre and books I prefer to read. My roommate also encouraged me to read it as well since she has also read it and knew I would not be able to put it down.

Content of the Book 

On Nick and Amy's five year wedding anniversary Amy goes missing from their Missouri home. The questions begin. Is she dead? Was she kidnapped? Who could do this? Was her husband involved? Amy was born and raised in New York and ended up reluctantly moving to Nick's Missouri hometown after they both last their jobs as a result of the recession. Every marriage has its problems, but some are worse than others. She came from money, New York and who's parents marriage was the definition of a fairy tale marriage, while Nick came from no money, a small town in Missouri, and  was mostly raised by his mother after his parents divorced. Are the secrets Amy and Nick have been keeping from each other the cause of her disappearance? You will have to read to find out. 

What I Liked About the Book 

The use of diary entries written from the perspective of Amy allows for the reader to see what she finds to be important in the time before her disappearance. Since the characters of this book are both writers, the author makes sure that she uses descriptive and vivid explanations like how a real writer would write. 
The inner dialogue of Nick was a rhetorical strategy that gave the reader a better understanding of his feelings during different situations. This strategy also allows the reader to see the Nick's sense of humor. The same rhetorical strategy was used in Amy's chapters.
The author organized the book into chapters told from the point of view of Nick and the point of view of Amy. Of the two characters I preferred reading the chapters told from Amy's point of view. My guess for why I preferred her chapters is because I enjoyed learning the back story of her life and the history of her and Nick's relationship. It also helped me to develop a better understanding of the characters and how they got to the point at which the book began. 

What I Disliked About the Book

Just like what I said I disliked in my January Book Review: The Worst Hard Time, the varying length of the chapters makes it hard for me to fit in reading time between waiting for my classes to begin. The vivid descriptions of sexual acts was not my favorite part, but I understand that it was a necessary part of the book.

Would I Recommend this Book?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys following the story of a mystery/crime. If you apart of the select few who have not read this book yet, but you have read and liked The Woman in the Window, (February Book Review: The Woman in the Window) you will for sure like this book as well. Happy reading!!

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