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3.0 out of 5 stars When a Perfect Marriage Turns Sour, June 6, 2012
This review is from: Gone Girl (Hardcover)
A beautiful woman is snared by a young man who can't believe his good fortune. She is well off and adores him. What can be better? Both are writers living in New York but they lose their jobs. In addition, the woman's parents become financially bereft and ask their daughter to borrow her money. Poor, they use the last of her money to buy a bar in his hometown which is run by her husband and his twin sister.

Amy Elliott Dunne has another side to her personality that Nick Dunne is about to discover as the ideal marriage that he thought he had begins to fall apart. When Amy disappears Nick is believed to be the cause of her disappearance.

Did he murder his beloved wife? Nick knows he didn't but all signs point to that conclusion. The police believe he is responsible for her absence. Her parents, who stand by him in the beginning, arrive at the same belief. The public and the media are likewise convinced. He wonders if even his twin sister believes it as well. Before the reader discovers the truth, the reader becomes wrapped up in endless detail.

This is a thriller that does keep one turning the pages but it roars to a pallid conclusion. I liked it but thought that someone should have spent more time editing as details are presented again and again. I know many others will like this read but I was disappointed.
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 5:22:17 PM PDT
Penny Marie says:
I really enjoyed the book. I was totally glued to it. Enjoyed the twists and turns but I agree with a lot of you that the ending was bad. In fact I thought something was wrong with my kindle and I was missing a chapter or 2. Can anyone explain the ending?

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 1:43:22 PM PDT
L. Taylor says:
Thanks, Carol, Vic and itsmevonda. I loved the ending, too--very appropriate. It's disappointing to learn that so many readers feel ripped off if justice isn't doled out in the end. Life isn't always like that, so why should fiction have a different set of rules?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 2:05:55 PM PDT
Jayarby says:
You're right, real life isn't always like that. That's why when most people read books, watch movies/TV shows, they want to know that, in the end, the good guy will get the bad guy, or the woman will win the heart of the man she loves, even if they aren't perfect themselves.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 7:48:50 PM PDT
P. Solinger says:
Because it's fiction. If you want to read something that is "just like real life", then read non-fiction. When you write a piece of fiction, you are able to create any scenario you desire. It doesn't have to, and shouldn't, mirror "real life". That's what the news is for.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 8:34:39 AM PDT
Jayarby says:
Then I'll watch the news if I want a story where it ends ambiguously. But, as I said, most people when reading a book want a definitive ending, as evident by the majority of the readers who were disappointed.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 9:23:52 AM PDT
Penny Marie says:
I didn't like the ending because I felt it didn't end at all- It's not about the good guy or bad guy winning, it was unclear to me that anyone "won" in the end. I don't like books that leave the reader to make up their own end. I would be an author if that's what I wanted to do.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 11:50:30 AM PDT
I agree! And the "foul language" (swearing) does not stand out in retrospect for me but the author's use of descriptive sex ad naseum sure did. I'm over 80 years old and have never heard of some of that stuff before! The ending was obscure -- especially ater all the detail (over and over) in other parts of the book. Lee

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 4:04:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 21, 2012 11:08:21 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 21, 2012 10:27:54 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:51:22 AM PDT
literagent says:
"loose" means not tight or a loose woman. You meant "lose" as "I hope you don't lose your house."

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