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4.0 out of 5 stars Five stars but errors of fact spoil perfect review, June 7, 2012
This review is from: Gone Girl (Hardcover)
Nitpick, nitpick, nitpick....BUT how hard is it for authors to use Google map directions if they are unfamiliar with a region's geography??? I had doubts that Ms. Flynn has ever stepped foot in the state of Missouri, but now have read her bio to see that she is from Kansas City, so what I think now is that she went to Hannibal on a field trip or something as a kid and remembered a little bit about it, maybe knew someone from Ladue so threw that it in. My main complaint is that she places this little fictional town "about 40 minutes out of St. Louis" and about "10-20 minutes" for Hannibal and just under 5 hours from Memphis. Not physically possible. Hannibal (a real town) is over 100 miles from St. Louis and about 7 hours by car to Memphis, and while I could make allowances for maybe N. Carthage was somewhere in the middle, later in the story, she writes that N. Carthage is north of Hannibal. Poor details of fact (that are easily searchable and fixable) distract me. Other geographic details are off too, but would be spoilers, so I'll quit.

Having said that, though, could not wait for this to come out based on reviews. Ran to the bookstore. Took kids to the pool so I could lounge and read. Made husband (certainly not a dancing monkey) do dishes and put kids to bed so I could read. Ignored fact I had to be up at 7 to stay up until 2 to finish this book. So good. Laughed out loud. Loved the angle. (Was setting up like a Scott Peterson scenario but I knew couldn't be that predictable.) Unbelievably engaging. I guessed the outcome but not the motives...whew...what a ride. Read it in one sitting and DO NOT look at spoilers.

Loved the Blue Book gang detail, too. I teach college classes and am always looking for Blue Books! Way to weave that in.

I am new to Gillian Flynn but am heading to the beach next week and think I will pick up the first two books. I am a hard reviewer and hard to please. I don't have a lot of time to read, so I get pretty irritated if books don't live up to the hype. This one does. Think I will pass it on my husband and keep him guessing. :)
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