Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn


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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer? 

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? 

Gone Girl is just too incredible that I am dumbfounded. Ever since reading this novel five years ago when it was released, this is the first thought I always come back to. This brilliant, shocking, gripping book is by far one of my two favourite reads and books of all time. Gone Girl and Jane Eyre remain reigning queens of my book library and this book will stay at the top of that list until the end of time. It is quite simply marvellous and no words of mine will be able to do it justice or explain just how taken I am with this novel.

Gone Girl is a masterful suspenseful thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock. It is
a brilliantly layered novel with beautifully written words and enthralling characters that grab you from the first page. These two things combined make Gone Girl a compelling, compulsive read which is impossible to put down and this is a rarity these days. I rarely read books that live up to the title of ‘It is impossible to not read this novel’ so the fact that Gone Girl has done this has made me a truly happy woman and has made for one of the most memorable reading experiences of my life. You know the kind right? The kind where it is 4 in the morning and you desperately need to sleep because you have to be up early but yet you continue to read through the tiredness, you continue to wipe away those tears which stream your eyes when you are tired and you continue to read even though you really shouldn’t be. That in my opinion is a book which is un-put-down-able . Not a novel where you say to yourself “Oh this is good but I need to sleep”. No, if a novel is compelling then you will read that novel all through the night and that is what happened with me when I read this novel the first…second…third…and fourth time.
You may now be thinking “Wait, you have read this novel four times?!” Yes book lovers I have and it is because it is absolutely incredible. The surprises and twists themselves kept me enthralled and intrigued until the final page and even when I read this the second time and so on I still felt that feeling of trepidation as I turned the page; even though I had read it many times before and knew what was going to happen. The fact that Flynn is such a wonderful
writer that she managed to do this blows my mind, so thank you Gillian Flynn for being such an incredible, intelligent, crazy, masterful writer! I am sure the majority of you lovely book lovers know what this novel is about but in case you don’t then here is a brief synopsis of mine.

Nick and Amy Dunne have been married for five years but their marriage is not all as it
seems and it has been strained for a long time. They used to be the rich, glamorous writer couple of New York City but unfortunately they had to move back to Nick’s home state of Missouri after having both lost their jobs and most of their money. Nick is trying to be productive and create a steady income so he now runs a bar he brought (with Amy’s money) with his twin sister Margo ‘Go’ whilst Amy is left at home. Then one day, on their 5th wedding anniversary Amy vanishes without a trace and her disappearance is soon treated as ‘suspicious’ and soon her ‘ever doting’ husband is the prime suspect.

The novel is told in alternating narratives after each chapter. The first is told through the eyes of Nick and it focuses on the investigation into Amy’s disappearance and the slow unravelling of Nicks dirty secrets -which makes for a juicy read- and Nick reminiscing about his troubled history with Amy and their not so perfect marriage.

The second narrative is told by Amy through her diary entries starting seven years prior to the events of present time. She first writes about her meeting with Nick. how he wooed her and charmed her and how ultimately she fell madly in love with him. She talks about their first years of marriage, the adventure, the fun but then she starts to talk about the problems, the secrets, and finally, her diary entries leave a dark twist and you are left shocked and full of questions.

Questions which race through your mind reading this novel are: Is Nick involved in Amy’s disappearance? Did he kill her? Was she Kidnapped? What happened to Amy? The questions keep being asked in your mind but one thing is clear, that Nick and Amy’s marriage was not as perfect as everybody thought…

I have to say that the dual perspective was wildly enjoyable for me and made the novel gone girl 06all that much better. I adored being in the mind of a married couple and hearing both of their sides of the story, it made for a really intense read as I felt compelled to keep reading to find out who in fact was telling the truth. Amy’s diary entries too were marvellous and if you know anything about me by now from my other book reviews then you know that novels with diary entries (such as Swimming Lessons) are huge loves of mine and I am a sucker for them every time! The only way I can describe this novel is that it was like a ticking time bomb and you know that everything was about to explode at one point and explode it did!

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I could sit here and write about what an important novel this is because it brings your attention to the important line between privacy and invasion; but also the importance of not succumbing to the trickery nature of the devious media and their representation of their ‘victims’ (in this particular case Nick Dunne). All of these things are very true and I could sit here and talk at length about these facts however this is not that kind of review. This a review where I want to freely write about by undying love for Gone Girl and proclaim in this wonderful book community that it is such a masterful novel that every book lover should have the pleasure of reading…at least once in their life.

As I always do before I read a novel I love to investigate the author and their inspiration behind their novel so that I can delve into their psyche and gain a better understanding. In Flynn’s case she was interested and intrigued by the psychology and dynamics of a long term relationship. When I read an article based on this I was immediately sold and happy with glee as Psychology is a huge passion of mine. It made me love the novel even more before I even started reading it because I knew from her words that this would be so much more than your regular mystery-crime novel but rather a deep look into the Psychology of a marriage.

As a reader you want to know about the characters psyche and their thought processes and the fact that Flynn created wonderful characters within her novel and divulged in their psyche floored me. Flynn’s ability to write smart, devious characters is incredible and grips you as a reader which brings me to my next point. Let me now write about these wonderful characters I adore so much.

9780553418361Nick Dunne was a hugely lovable character in my opinion; he is lovable because he is clueless with an air of naivety about him. When he first discovers Amy is missing he is completely lost and confused, he has no idea on what he should be doing, no idea about what has happened to his wife and he certainly does not know how to act around the media frenzy.  At this point in the novel I have already fallen madly in love with him because if you was in his situation, walking in his shoes you would most likely be feeling the same way, I know I would be! What would you do if the whole of the world’s media glare was placed upon you and every move you took, every facial expression you expressed was up for debate? Think about it, what would you do? I personally would find it hell on earth and pray that never happens to me. Nick was lovable to me because he is a normal, regular, and an ordinary human being who is in a tricky and unsettling predicament. Does he have media training like these politicians you see on the TV? Hell no! He has not been trained on what to say, how to move, how to look, nothing so poor old Nick became loved by me as he is a very relate-able character. However! This is the point where I say that yes, I love him however I have a minor love-hate relationship with him. This next short chapter will contain a minor spoiler so you have been warned!

When I found out that Nick had been unfaithful to beautiful Amy with a 20 something year old student of his I wanted to unleash HELL upon him! How dare he do this to his loving wife, how dare he break the sanctity of marriage and poison it. Cheating in my opinion is the worst thing you could ever do as a human being (besides murder of course) so I was raging at this point. Amy is a beautiful, intelligent girl and he decided to risk his marriage to a perfect loving wife for a quick thrill to cure his mid life crisis. No, no way is this justifiable so Nick I hate you so much for this but I still love you because you are a fool. Reading this part of the novel did make me think about the attraction between an older, mature man and a younger woman. I wont bore you with the details of my marriage but I am in my early 20’s whereas my husband is much older than me (if you want to know our age gap then email me at: redheadedbookloverblog@gmail.com ! I always love talking with fellow wives and people in general!) and I adore it. Growing up I was always intrigued by older people because I myself felt like a 30 year old when I was 15! I looked practically 30 also, and by definition I class myself as an old soul and I adore that! I think the woman in this novel who had an affair with Nick did so because she was attracted to the maturity and I cant blame her for that, I cant. Some younger woman, and this is the definition of me – want the same things as a 30 year old man. For instance, men over 30 traditionally want to settle down, they have had their fun, had their adventures with their friends, partied and got it all out of their system and now they want to settle down, find a nice girl and marry them and have children with them and make a life together. Personally I have always wanted these things and wanted a family young, be married young and have a home young and I believe that is why the mistress (I hate that word!) in this novel was so infatuated with Nick. I may have droned on a bit then but I hope you got my point! Seriously though email me whenever you like book lovers I will always reply!

Spoiler Free – Now it is time to write about my favourite character of all, Amy Dunne; This beautiful, incredible, talented woman is also a crazy, psychotic messed up b**ch (excuse my French!) and I cannot help but fall madly in love with her madness and the method to her madness. She is one hell of a dedicated woman and if you have seen the movie or read the novel then you will know exactly what I mean! She is dedicated and determined and for that give yourself a pat on the back Amy. I feel like I need to discuss the big spoiler that resolves around Amy in this novel so again, if you do not know this spoiler and do not want to be spoiled then skip this next chapter! (Spoiler)

Amy was faking her disappearance all along. She conjured up a plan, faked her disappearance, faked the diary, faked the evidence all to get revenge on her cheating, foolish husband Nick Dunne. Oh wow, Amy I love you, you pulled off a masterful and devious plan that takes the skill and intellect of someone as clever as Einstein! How you did it I do not know but what I do know is that I love you for it and admire your dedication. I have never, in all of my life heard or read of someone so determined to fake their own disappearance and murder that you actually plan on killing yourself to make your husbands life a living hell and to send him “Up the river“.

(Spoiler-Free) To summarise my opinions on both Nick and Amy Dunne I would have to say that this is the best, most thought provoking narrative I have ever read and such a wonderful look into two complex personalities. I have revealed in their narratives already and will when I read this novel again… even me writing this review is making me want to read it again! The narratives can only be described as twisty-turny but definitely explosively wonderful and let’s not forget to say unreliable. (Spoiler) You see this unreliability when Nick has his affair; he was not the ever doting, faithful husband but rather a cheating liar and with Amy she was not the lovely, sweet, innocent victim but really the masterful, devious, psychotic woman who had planned her disappearance all along. (Spoiler Free)

Before I finish writing about our two main protagonists I have to write about Nick’s twin sister Margo (known as Go). I found her to be absolutely awesome! She was so hilarious and injected some very necessary humour into the novel which was very welcome from the dark nature that surrounds this book. Her relationship too with her brother Nick was wonderful to read, the banter they share was hilarious and you could tell they really have that twin bond and having twin boys myself I really hope that my boys have the same kind of relationship! I just really admired Margo for sticking by her brother through the media frenzy and ridicule of her brother; even when she learned his dirty secrets. That is true sibling love and I admire that.

This review is epic-ally long already (I am sure you can tell just how much I love this novel!) but stay with me a little longer whilst I quickly talk about Flynn’s writing and I have to start this next section with my favourite quote from the novel.

“When I think of my wife,I always think of her head”. “And what’s inside it. I think of that, too: Her brain, all those coils, and her thoughts shuttling through those coils like fast, frantic centipedes. Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts. What are you thinking, Amy?” 

Reading this again still has the ability to send chills through my body and I find that even as I am typing now my mind is working overtime to analyse and decode what Nick Dunne just said. The psychology behind this is immense and this combined with Flynn’s amazing literature makes it so spine-tingling good that if this doesn’t convince you to read Gone Girl then I don’t know what will! Flynn’s writing is effortless and enchanting, this quote is my favourite because of the deep, dark nature of it. I think we have all thought what Nick is thinking at a point in our life right? When I first met my husband I so desperately wanted to know what he thought about me, I wanted to be inside of his brain (which sounds incredibly weird I know!) and know all of his thoughts and I think this quote in general symbolises marriage perfectly.

Now we have finally come to the end of my review for the magnificent Gone Girl. To summarise my thoughts I would say that Gone Girl is a deliciously, devious, ingenious and viperish astounding thriller and one that demands to be read. Of course this novel gets 5 stars from me! It would be a crime for me not too.

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my (very long!) review of Gone Girl. Please do comment below because that is my favourite part of blogging; getting to interact with all of you wonderful readers! Let me know whether you have read this novel, what you thought of it if you have and also let me know if you haven’t whether you would consider reading it. If you have not read the novel and seen the movie then let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours! Thank you so much for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

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*Update* I feel compelled to talk a little bit about the movie adaptation of Gone Girl so that is exactly what I am going to do! I am in no way a movie reviewer but what I am is a movie lover. Me and my husband go minimum twice a week and growing up every Saturday we would go so I love movies. To say Gone Girl is a perfect adaptation is an understatement… it is the adaptation. This may be down to the fact that Flynn screen wrote the movie but I think it would have been perfect anyway. Everything from the novel I wanted included was included and I think the casting of Ben Affleck (who I adore!) for Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike (who I also adore!) were perfect and they captured the characters of Nick and Amy perfectly. Thank you so much for reading again and do not forget to comment below!

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431 thoughts on “Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

  1. Actually, after I had read your review I bought the book! 🙂 So Gone Girl is my first book written by Gillian Flynn. I have just started reading but I can already say that book is really good, just as you said in your review. Thanks!

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    1. This is so amazing!! I am so happy I convinced you to read this book and that you are enjoying it! I hope you love it as much as I do. Please do come back and let me know what you think when you finish it as I would love to know!

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  2. This is such a great review! I really really want to read Gone Girl now .. I loved the movie, it completely blew my mind and I genuinely didn’t expect that plot twist.

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    1. Thank you so much! This is so kind of you to say! The book is incredible and definitely worth the read. Although the book was adapted perfectly into movie, they did leave some parts out of course, so that is why I recommend you read the book because there are so many amazing details which weren’t in the movie. Also, the plot twist in the book is way crazier than the movie! So I really hope you check it out (:
      Thanks again for commenting!

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      1. Oh, I agree with you there! Movies often leave out way too much from the books. If I read the book, I’ll be far too critical about the movie 😀 I’ll be sure to read soon and let you know! 🙂

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      2. They really do! But if anything it might actually be a good thing that you saw the movie before the book, as the movie is great and I would hate you to be critical of it! For instance I saw the Percy Jackson movies before I read the books and I now love them both, even though they are completely different! Lol. I look forward to hearing what you think, it would be great if you wrote a review (:

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    1. I know how you feel! My to be read list is crazily long, and is growing daily. If anything it is overwhelming! But in my opinion Gone Girl should jump to the top of your to read list as it is so great! Honestly, it is amazing and you won’t be disappointed (: thank you for commenting by the way!

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      1. And thank you so much! This is the same with me too be honest, I will never ever read a book without looking at reviews first, there is nothing worse than reading a book and being excited by its synopsis only to be disappointed that it is rubbish! So happy I met you!

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    1. Jane Eyre has always been one of my favourite novels. Growing up I read it over and over and fell in love with the traditional ways of life. I do really believe that reading it as such a young age influenced my character as one) I have an older husband, and two)I have babies and I love being a wife and a mother!

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      1. Everything you just wrote is so perfect, yes, yes, yes! That is all so very true and I love the fact too that they are not all magically beautiful but rather your average person with real problems and real issues. I want to read it again too now!

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  3. I think what I loved about Gone Girl the most was that it didn’t give in. Flynn didn’t shy away from the ending, which is what so many people hated about it. Great great book.
    Thanks so much for following me. I look forward to reading more of your reviews, and maybe even sending my book to you before it’s published, if you accept ARCs. 🙂

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    1. Everything you said is so perfect and so true! Its so true, Flynn didn’t shy away from those tough topics and subjects and she was bold. I love authors who have guts and will do what they want even if they think it will frustrate some readers!

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      1. I am not easily convinced. Maybe when I get through the hundreds of books I’ll give this book a try, but I won’t put it on my list.

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      2. Haha! But it is so hard to convince someone who has blacklisted the author! What I can say though that it is so wildly enjoyable that you will NOT be able to put it down and you will come back saying ‘oh my god Aimee why didnt I listen to you!’ You will thank me one day lol.

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      1. I’ve always thought that Persephone is a cute name, but if its too much, then perhaps you can go with another name of which she is called by preferably Cora.

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      2. I have never thought of this actually! This is a pretty good idea. There are many greek names I adore though, too many in fact! I love daphne too, and delphi, gosh, the list is endless! What are some of your favourites? I need to plan if I have another girl! lol.

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      3. Do you have a favourite Greek Goddess? (: and God?! I have always loved Hades because Persephone and him make me favourite Greek story. I think he is really misunderstood but don’t get me started I will be here for ages talking about Mythology!

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      4. Artemis and Apollo. There’s a reason I liked Wonder Woman. I mean, her name is Diana and she was gifted with superhuman powers by the Greek gods. Her Greek background is interesting.

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      5. So interesting! I adore her. One of my favourite stories of her is when Actaeon saw her bathing naked and she turned him into a stag lol. Have you heard that story? I love the story of Apollo too and when he fell madly in love with Daphne.

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      6. I have to get in some reading as well, it’s been a while since I’ve read Greek mythology. I hope all is well today and I did email you back a day ago. Take care, friend 🙂

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      7. I know, right! 🙂 I don’t visit my library anymore. I just go online and order the books now, so I’ll source Amazon soon. If you have any suggestions, do feel free to let me know.

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      8. See I have never got any books from a library. I just never liked it because I always wanted to keep the book! Lol. One of my proudest moments is when I finish a book and I can put it on my shelf! My library is epic Diana. My husband is an avid reader too and because he is an engineer and architect he built it all from scratch. You should have seen me when he was building it. I was pregnant with our first baby and I was saying “no! Not like that, like this. This is my dream library!” I was crazy about it but he loved that about me lol.

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      9. One of the reasons why I stopped boring books from the library. Plus, I wanted to keep it longer than the expired date. Oooh, you must take photos of your epic library! I can imagine you wagging your finger at him while he was building it. 🙂 You guys are too darn cute

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      10. Thank god I am not the only one! And yes, that is annoying too to have a deadline. Sometimes though I browse the library and look at the books on offer and then go to the book store to buy them lol. Just because libraries have some rare gems (:

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      11. Gaa! I just saw that I wrote ‘boring’ instead of ‘borrowing’. That unnerves me. LoL! Anyways, I agree with you. The library tend to have some rare gems from time to time.

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      12. Haha, it was very funny. If anything though I was frustrated and wanted to help but he literally would not let me at all because I was pregnant. Whenever I am pregnant and in general he never lets me do anything lol.

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      13. It actually didn’t. I was not moved in wanting to read more. Tell ya what, I have no intention of buying this book, but if I come across it from a friend, I might borrow it.

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      14. And here I grumble whenever I tell people my name and they automatically call me Princess Di. >.< I dislike when they do that. I'd rather if they just call me Diane.

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  4. I read Gone Girl and I had the opposite feelings for Amy. I hated her!! As smart as she was, I wondered why she did not spend those efforts into something more constructive. She was one twisted character.

    Since I like resolution in my books, the ending left me wanting to throw something!

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    1. She was definitely a messed up character and obviously had a lot of mental issues before ever being with Nick. She must of because just like you said, a normal person would have tried something more constructive. Although this is writing we are talking about and nothing is ever simple lol.

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    2. See I love resolutions too but weirdly I thought it was a resolution. That was always the way it was going to be and because she trapped Nick that was just how it had to end up. Plus, I loved the character of Amy so much that I did not want to see her go to prison! Lol. I loved how it finished in a twisted world because it made me think even more about what their life would be like. I just wish Flynn would write a sequel that would be great!

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      1. Thank you! I am not the only person that thinks this finally! lol. I agree with everything you just said.Somebody with that much determination and skillfulness deserves an applause! She is one of my favourite characters I have ever read!

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      1. Personally Gone Girl is nothing like her other novels in my opinion, they are good but nowhere near as good. I would suggest reading The Grownup. It is a short story but it is definitely her second best piece of work!

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      1. Yay! Thrillers are honestly so damn good and I have MANY I could recommend to you. One of my favourite thrillers of all time besides gone girl is before I go to sleep. That book is haunting Nthato I promise you you will not be able to put it down. As I read it as the chapters unravelled I was terrified (:

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    1. And yes! David Fincher done an amazing job with directing it and I was so happy that it remained faithful to the book. Plus I think what made it so great was the fact that Flynn wrote the screenplay and the actors were perfect! It is also one of my all time favourite movies (:

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      1. Thank you for your kind words about my blog! I enjoy yours as well- you’re an excellent writer.
        It’s hard to believe that people can hate that book! It’s so well-written and kept me on the edge of my seat. I devoured it in about a day or two.
        I actually saw the film before reading the book, but I still managed to be surprised and ended up loving the book more than the film.

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      2. And that is so amazing! I love how you still loved the book more than the movie. I thought it was an incredible adaptation however the book is just that more better because it had so many more disturbing details in it!

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      1. Haven’t read any at all yet. But all suggestions welcome. Haven’t had time to read much before this year due to full time work and family business and family to care for. But this year I’m only working part time, so more time for hobbies including reading and writing, and photography. Hurray 🙂

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  5. A very heartfelt review.
    I’ve only watched the movie so i’m interested to know what are some interesting aspects of the story I might have missed out by not reading the book?

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    1. Oh there are definitely more details in the book. For instance you know the scene in the movie where she drains blood via the IV? In the book she actually cut her arm deep. That shows just how messed up she is! Lol.

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  6. Well first of all congratulations on your twin boys! That must keep you very busy. What fun. I did not read the book but I did see the movie, in fact I have it on my DVR and you have inspired me to watch it again as it was last year that I watched it. I was floored by the twist, did not expect that at all!! Great review look forward to more!! 🙂 Enjoy your family.

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      1. Maybe, I’m not very good about reading, I tend to fall asleep. I don’t know why, and I get antsy like I keep shifting my position trying to get comfortable. I read all the Nancy Drew books when I was young and loved them…”The Spiral Staircase”…ha. Maybe I’m so tired by the time I get home from work or on the weekends that when I sit still my body shuts down. As you saw I just got Brigid’s new book and I look forward to reading that. Perhaps I’ll try reading it after I finish Brigid’. 🙂

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      2. I understand that completely. That sounds like what people do though when they aren’t reading a book they enjoy lol. I get like that when a book I am reading turns out bad so you need to find that one great book (:

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  7. I’ve heard a lot about this one, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I think I’ll put it on my library list!
    Oh, and I totally understand reading a book 4 times. I’ve read some of my favorites 10+ times!

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