READ THIS! {Updates & Reviews}

Happy Wednesday! Today is going to be an awesome day! I've got two great posts for you, one now and one this afternoon, and tonight, Josh and I will be enjoying the music of the one, the only, the amazing - Bruce Springsteen, and the E Street Band! There's a chance of rain, so that should be interesting, but we're excited for some good music no matter what. Now though, I want to do some updates and reviews on August's READ THIS! book of the month, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

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I finished this book yesterday and I have to tell you, these reviews aren't kidding around. Gone Girl is an incredible novel - thriller and drama all rolled into one. Joy Tipping writes, in her Dallas News review, that there's a certain point in the book where once you start reading that part, there is no turning back - you will not be able to put the book down after that. But don't just trust me, check out these other outstanding reviews of Flynn's latest work:

Amy Gutman for the Chicago Tribune writes, "At one level, "Gone Girl" presents like any number of conventional thrillers. All the pieces are there: An assortment of likely suspects. Tantalizing secrets and red herrings. A story that cross-cuts points of view, as well as past and present, doling out facts in strategic service to the narrative engine. But like so much else in this unsettling book, these devices are not what they seem. While serving their usual functions, they also do much more, launching us into an unnerving dissection of the fallout of failed dreams. [...] For all its strengths, this isn't a book for those inclined to true-to-life fiction. A former chief TV critic at Entertainment Weekly, Flynn has no qualms about shaping reality to suit the needs of her high-wire plot. At times, there's a slightly cartoonish aspect to her cast of characters, and more than once, their over-the-top scheming strains credulity. In this, "Gone Girl" marks a departure from Flynn's first two outings, and some fans of those previous efforts may find this disappointing. But what "Gone Girl" lacks in realism, it more than makes up for in inventiveness and narrative bravura."

Joy Tipping, for Dallas News, writes, "So marvelously, intricately plotted is Flynn’s novel that I can’t tell you much about it without giving something away. [...] About halfway through the book, something happens that will change everything you think you’ve decided based on what you’ve read to that point. That’s the moment you should check the clock and firmly put the book down if you have to rise early the next day. Because trust me, if you keep reading, you will not stop till you finish it."

Janet Maslin, for the NY Times, writes, "“Gone Girl” is this author’s third novel, after “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places.” “Dark Places,” in particular, drew attention from mystery aficionados, but “Gone Girl” is Ms. Flynn’s dazzling breakthrough. It is wily, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they’re hard to part with — even if, as in Amy’s case, they are already departed."

Finally, Jeff Giles, for EW, writes, "There's not a lot I can tell you about Gone Girl without ruining its dark surprises, but I can tell you that it's an ingenious and viperish thriller — and that no matter how smart you think you are, it's going to bite you. The novel concerns a missing wife named Amy and a husband named Nick who's either (best-case scenario) a fatuous phony or (worst) a full-on psychopath. And here's another thing I can tell you about the novel: It's going to make Gillian Flynn a star."

I hope you're reading along with us this month! If you haven't started yet, there's still time to join us! See you in a few hours for a second post all about our new table!

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