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By SARAH DROGHEO, Guest Writer

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, is quickly becoming a household name as it has been gaining popularity recently. This highly-rated movie, like many, started with a book. In Gone Girl, the reader meets Nick Dunne and Amy Elliot-Dunne. Not long after experiencing some hardships (packing up their lives, leaving New York, and losing their jobs), the married couple moves to North Carthage, Mo. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy mysteriously disappears and the world wants to know what happened.

The book shows their two different perspectives as they document the story. Nick’s first entry starts with “The Day of,” and Amy’s is titled “January 8th, 2005.” Both the time lapse in their documentation and the presence of two perspectives make for an interesting quest that lets the reader put the puzzle pieces of the entire story together.

The book is comprised of three main parts: Boy Loses Girl, Boy Meets Girl, and Boy Gets Girl Back (or Vice Versa). Each part is unique in its style and helps to further explain confusion from the part before.  Boy Loses Girl is what first captures the reader’s attention, but doesn’t keep it for very long. It makes the book appear quite simplistic and likely that it’ll have a predictable ending. Boy Meets Girl gives an utterly shocking twist, and Boy Gets Girl Back (or Vice Versa) makes everything appear more clearly.

Gone Girl is critically acclaimed – it is a #1 New York Times bestseller and was made into a famous motion picture by Twentieth Century Fox. The New York Daily News describes it as  “wickedly clever.” I personally enjoyed this book for many reasons. Despite its slightly intimidating length — 555 pages — it truly has the power to keep the reader engaged. It doesn’t feel slow-paced as one reads it. Additionally, it shows the complexity related to human relationships and personalities. Also, like many great pieces of literature and/or fiction, it shows how the struggle for power drives people to make mind-boggling decisions.

I would definitely recommend this book. It is an interesting, intricate and multi-faceted read that will appeal to many. More specifically, this book will likely attract those who have even somewhat of an interest in psychology. Birth order and parental roles are discussed quite a bit and help the reader to understand the characters. It should be noted that the book contains profane language and subject matter. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read the book or you are a firm believer in reading a book before seeing its movie, give Gone Girl a try and watch as this mind-blowing tale enthralls you.