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October 2, 2014

Book Club: Gone Girl

I read Gone Girl in six days.

With my best friend's wedding this coming weekend, four different freelance deadlines, and my evening job, I barely had time to make sure my shoes match, and yet..

For the past six days, I couldn't put it down. I'd give myself rewards to get back to it (write 500 words, finish that press release and you can read a chapter). I'd tell myself I'd only read for half an hour before bed, and then I'd be up, wide-eyed till 1 a.m.

I'm not someone to read anything that causes distress. I have a strict no-murder, no horror and no mystery rule when it comes to books and films. I've always been like this. Why pay $12 to sit in a theatre and feel on edge for two hours? Also, living on my own, I'd rather not be terrified while taking a shower.

But Gone Girl was recommended by friends, and the movie trailer with Ben Affleck's creepy smile kept popping up in my feed. I now know why. Author Gillian Flynn nails it. Every twist, every mind game; she grabs you. Also, her description of The Cool Girl is brilliance all on its own.

Quick premise: Gone Girl is about a couple, Amy and Nick, who are having marital troubles when Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary leaving Nick in the spotlight. (That's all I'll say). The film is out tomorrow and I heard that director David Fincher changed the ending, which I'm quite intrigued about because I absolutely hated the ending of this book. And while I have zero free time this weekend, you bet I'll be sitting in a theatre soon, with one hand over my face, half-smiling, half-horrified. Sleep with the lights on.

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10 comments

  1. Yes! I'm getting it from Daniela (Curious Citizen) and can't wait to start reading!!!

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  2. I share the same "no scary book/movie" rule as you. If you liked it, maybe I will consider!

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  3. Every great film needs an amazing performance and Rosamund Pike does not disappoint here. This film will keep you guessing and just when you think you know what will happen, you will be wrong. It's evil, but its fun.

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  4. Thanks Amanda for this article! The movie is pretty good, but just a little bit of horror.

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  5. It's unbelievable to think that humans can be capable of such things described in this book. It's so sick, cruel, selfish, and evil. Yet at the same time I couldn't help but admire the brilliance of these ... lets call them, events.

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  6. Although not my favorite work from David Fincher (he has a LOT of good ones), Gone Girl tells a dark and thrilling story that will have you guessing from the get-go and all the way up until the credits roll. This one is sure to gain some Oscar buzz.

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  7. some film you really have to be in the mood for, this is great example, it can be rewarding but watch it at the wrong time and you will under rate it i felt this was one example of this as i watched it twice, second time much better as i as awake and in good company

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  8. Ben Affleck is now directing Batman Movie....

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  9. Absorbing thriller…In masterly fashion, Flynn depicts the unraveling of a marriage – and of a recession-hit Midwest – by interweaving the wife’s diary entries with the husband’s first person account.

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  10. Movie was fantastic....Full of Thriller...
    In 2016 there is another same kinda movie called The Girl On The Train with emily blunt

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