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June 8

Thrills and Chills book Club will have its first meeting for the summer. The club will be reading the latest title from James Patterson.

June 15

Local author Darby Spencer will read an excerpt from her newest thriller and will stay for a short Q&A and book signing.

June 20

Join us for a special screening of the movie adaptation of Gone Girl at the Ponce Branch. Popcorn and snacks will be provided. Ages 18+.

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Gone Girl (2012)

Gone Girl (2012)

by Gillian Flynn

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Average Rating: 4.9

4.9 (out of 42 ratings)

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. As The Washington Post proclaimed, 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 with 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’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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 left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Community Reviews

Holly Forester, June 22, 2013

This book was just way too much fun – and I mean that in a good way. I’m taking a leisurely drive down the garden path of the story, when BAM – right in the middle it makes a u-turn and we are on the damn highway doing 90 miles an hour (commonly referred to as a plot twist). Sweet Mother of Mercy!

Elizabeth, December 3, 2012

Quite simply, this is one of the best novels of the year. It's a thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and layered with brilliantly written characters; it's the kind of book that's nearly impossible to put down.

Peter Bryant, April 30, 2013

Gone Girl is a thriller, but it's a slow burn. Flynn strings you along. She doles out just enough information to make you think you've figured things out before she hits you with another "GOTCHA!" revelation that changes everything. And she saves the biggest gotcha of all for the end, which is shocking in its subtlety. The way it ends puts the final seal on what a truly sick relationship Nick and Amy had The path is twisted, disturbing, and sometimes horrifying. It's also irresistible.

Critic Reviews

Carol Memmott, USA Today, June 22, 2012

Flynn tells this dark story by alternating first-person accounts from Amy and Nick. What you'll find within their sides of the story will astound readers who will roll over, look at their mate and wonder "Who are you, really?"

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Janet Maslin, The New York Times, May 29, 2012

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.

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Amy Gutman, The Chicago Tribune, July 28, 2012

What Gone Girl lacks in realism, it more than makes up for in inventiveness and narrative bravura. Within this single novel, there are many warring stories: The stories Nick and Amy tell about themselves, the stories they tell each other. The stories others tell about them, and the stories they tell about each other. What's at stake is not simply factual truth but something more profound: Who holds the final power to write the story of the life this toxic couple shares.

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