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Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn For me Gone Girl was a dark, suspenseful, disturbing, compulsive, maddening read. Another GR reviewer commented that similarity to the Scott Peterson case ruined a major plot twist and I have to agree. Right off the bat, I had it in my head that Nick couldn’t be a murderer because that wouldn’t be much of a story, would it? But that actually ended up working for me because I was able to appreciate the intricacies of the way he was set up, even if some of the shock-value was missing. My real problem with the story is that both husband and wife are so darned repulsive. By the end of the book it’s clear that neither is redeemable - Amy is psychotic and Nick can’t walk away from her. Their sparring became exhausting and ultimately uninteresting to me. Whatever heinous future is in store for them, they deserve every bit of it. Even the final twist seemed gratuitous, a final "gotcha" thrown in to seal the whole mess.

2.5 stars, really. Could just as easily have rounded down as up.