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JULY

GONE GIRL

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About the Book:

Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Questions to think about post-read (via Oprah’s Book Club):

1. Describe the character development. Who did you identify with? Did your opinions about any of the characters change over the course of the novel?

2. What do you believe is the message the author is trying to convey to the reader?

3. Why do you think the author chose the title? Is there a significant meaning behind it?

4. Is there a part of the novel you didn’t understand? Are you confused by a character’s actions or the outcome of an event?

5. Do you think the setting, both time and location, played a large roll in this novel? Could it have happened anywhere, at anytime?

6. In your opinion, is the book entertaining?

7. What is your favorite passage?

8. How did this book touch your life? Can you relate to it on any level?

AUGUST BOOK: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

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Comments

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  3. Riley Shaw says:

    Got the 1st book today! I’m excited to start reading. Having an online book club was a great idea!!!

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