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Boeke #3 Gone Girl
Posted by Tam

Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of I’m, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer show strange searches. He says that aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

After his wife goes missing, Nick seems hardly as distraught as he ought to be. At first glance this seems to be the husband’s journey through grief and suspicion which is played out in the media. Instead this is a psychological mind bender which will have you guessing time and again whether this is a thriller, murder mystery or something else entirely.

As the story starts unravelling, you’re presented with what you think are pieces of evidence and you start putting together possible scenarios . As soon as you think you know where the story is heading, it’s turned on its head and you realize you were wrong all along. Normal marital concerns or topics of dispute such as money, parenthood, and uncomfortable relations with the in-laws become weapons. The saying knowledge is power plays out here as one spouse uses it as fuel against the other.

This story is definitely worth a read, but be warned, the ending is quite disappointing. I know that this is not my story to tell, but the loose ends were not neatly tied up, or even remotely interesting or believable. This story is so easy to spoil, so if you’re really interested in reading this book, try to avoid other reviews which might be full of spoilers.

A lot of people disagree with me though! If you haven’t picked up a copy of this book, head over to your nearest Exclusive Books or Exclus1ves. Remember to cast your vote too!

Here‘s what fellow judge, Kelly from It’s a Book Thing thought.

UPDATE: The Judges and the Readers have placed their votes and they’ve been tallied! The Boeke winners are:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce for Readers’ Choice

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for Judges’ Choice

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    Posted by Lauren

    It’s not often that a book impresses me as much as this one did. I loved the mind games.
    I actually liked the ending too. Yes, it’s dreadfully unsatisfying and it made me really angry. But then again, why should authors always satisfy the whims of their readers? Books would be pretty boring if they did. The ending of Gone Girl is infuriating, but it has a sense of horror to it that I think suits the story very well.

      Posted by Tam

      I was completely invested in this book, and afterwards I kept coming back to certain things that stayed with me long after reading. I don’t think it was the author not satisfying the whims of the reader, in this case I doubt very much whether the author cared at all about that. It felt rushed and messy. I’d like to read one of her other books to possibly understand this one better.


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