“My take: 3 looks
Actually, I may have to increase that rating to 4 looks eventually, because I keep thinking about this book. With that said, ***SPOILER ALERT*** on the entire review.
Amy is gone. Just disappeared, and Nick doesn't seem to mind. Truth is, Amy was a little hard to live with. I totally understand this, especially when Amy gives her definition of "The Cool Girl".
Side note: the description of "The Cool Girl" alone is worth reading this book. It's brilliant. It's true. And did I mention that it's freaking brilliant?
Every woman enters a relationship as "the cool girl", only to tire of the role and resume her normal self, persona and personality eventually. That's when the husband doesn't understand what happened to his wife. Sadly, the "uncool girl" was always his wife, just pretending.
What is what happens here. There is a lot of back story on Amy, her parents and a series of books they wrote. There is a little back story on Nick, but much of his story revolves around a weird relationship with his twin sister.
The format of the book is very interesting. Told by both Nick and Amy, alternately, and in various points of time surrounding Amy's disappearance, it is not until toward the end of the book that you get a full picture of what is happening.
The end is a good one, but at the same time leaves you a little, "what just happened?" I really enjoyed it, and recommend it.”
“The first chapter is narrated by Nick, who we find out lives in Missouri with his wife Amy and runs a bar with his twin sister Margo (or Go as she is called throughout the book). Nick arrives home from work to find Amy has disappeared. Nick then narrates alternate chapters, with the ones inbetween being excerpts from Amy’s diary, starting when they first met. In the present day, narrated by Nick, we try and uncover what has happened to his wife, and moving back several years, we read the story of their relationship as it unfolds from Amy’s point of view. This style of narration is interesting as we hear both characters’ voices from different times, and we have to work out which is the more honest narrator as there are contradictions and mysteries that unravel. Then, half way through the book there is a twist … Amy is in fact alive, and is setting Nick up to be found guilty of her murder.
I found this a really well written, clever book, which does have twists and turns yet always remains believable. You find yourself wondering who to trust and what has really gone on, and although you are sometimes given inklings as to what has happened, you have to think for yourself and try and stay a step ahead of the characters. The characters, while not always very likeable, are interesting and you find yourself switching sides as you read as the true natures of the characters are revealed.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect at the end, and although what actually happened wasn’t what I wanted to happen, it was again quite a clever way of ending the book.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and if you like thrillers with a clever, psychological edge, then I would recommend this one. As with most of these types of book, you may have to suspend disbelief from time to time, but generally I thought this was a good read, and one where you really want to get to the end to find out what’s happened.
“I had heard so many wonderful reviews about this book, and I discovered it just really isn't my kind of book. Very well written fiction, but found that I didn't really like either character in the end. ”Tonya D wrote this review Thursday, November 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ First of all, the beginning was a slow read so my attention fizzled. I could not get excited about their love story because their relationship just didn’t click for me. I could tell that there were cracks so I held on for the fireworks. Two things kept me reading: 1) the mystery-did he kill her or did she just say “screw this’ and disappear into a new life and 2) the “crazy in love” act–these two were just crazy for no reason at all and I love a character that’s not afraid to show just how crazy they are.
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“Like the premise, the writing style. Didn't like the characters at all, and I don't think you're supposed to. An interesting read.”Annie L wrote this review Wednesday, November 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oh, my --- Gone was quite a mystery with all kinds of twists and turns. Not my usual style of book, but I couldn't put it down!”Deb E wrote this review Monday, November 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's great when a book is as good as people says”mada wrote this review Monday, November 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty engrossing, for someone with limited free time and a baby, I made time to read this all and finish it. And I liked the ending a lot. And I'm excited to see the movie...I hear they're making a movie. ”Lindsay Marisol wrote this review Monday, November 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love, love, love it! The whole thing about he said, she said. The ending I think will. Ot be a popular one, but so different than one will expect it.”myraanne wrote this review Saturday, November 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No