Excerpt from Gone Girl

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I seem to be going through a run of incompatible books lately. I just put one to the side at the half-way point and picked up Gone Girl the bestseller by Gillian Flynn. The descriptions sounded good, but so far I am not enamored with it. I have just reached the point of the disappearance, though, so I’ll give it a bit longer to see if it improves. I’m not a big fan of the alternating journal entries, onomatopoeia, or crude language. But this particular passage certainly made me laugh:

Amy loved the cat, the cat was declawed, the cat was never let outside, never ever, because the cat, Bleecker, was sweet but extremely stupid, and despite the LoJack tracking device pelleted somewhere in his fat furry rolls, Amy knew she’d never see the cat again if he ever got out. The cat would waddle straight into the Mississippi River—deedle-de-dum—and float all the way to the Gulf of Mexico into the maw of a hungry bull shark.

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl


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. 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? 


  1. Good teaser! I haven’t read that one yet. Hope it’s good for you. And thanks for coming by!

  2. I haven’t read it, but I tried watching the movie and stopped after five minutes because it couldn’t hold my interest :p I keep hearing good things about it though!

  3. I haven’t managed to read it, either! But yeah, this is a hilarious teaser! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  4. I fell sorry for the cat — it probably isn’t stupid at all, just curious as a cat should be. I don’t think I’ll read the book as I saw the movie and found it too gory. Here’s my link for today: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1ti

  5. I am not sure what you will think of the rest of the book given what you’ve stated, but hopefully you will find it to be a worthwhile read in the end. It’s a great teaser though!

  6. I loved the book…and the movie. I had forgotten that portion about the cat…love it! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “PRETTY LITTLE WORLD”

  7. This one was truly twisted. That quote is too funny.

    My TT from The Dog

  8. Kathy Martin says

    I’ve heard so much about this book but have never really been tempted to add it to my stack. I hope you enjoy it. My teaser on my adult blog this week comes from A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong. Happy reading!

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