Gone Girl is a completely addictive true-crime thriller. On her five-year wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing from her home. Did her husband Nick kill her? Told in alternating chapters by Amy and Nick, there are twists and turns with brutal insights into marriage. To say more would ruin your enjoyment! If you like Dateline, Investigation Discovery, and the like (and even if you don’t!), you will like this engrossing novel.
- Review by Donna Bacchiocchi, Manager of Technical Services
Gone Girl has been a fixture on the bestseller lists this summer and was selected by Barnes and Noble as a Top 25 Summer Read. The novel has also been reviewed extensively, including by Janet Maslin in the The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly (Flynn was once a TV critic for the magazine), and Kirkus Reviews. Gillian Flynn can be found online at http://gillian-flynn.com/ and on Facebook.
Check the library catalog to see if Gone Girl is on the shelf. Current Bentley students, faculty and staff may also download Gone Girl as an eBook (Kindle and ePub formats) or audiobook via our downloadable books site (Overdrive).
Leo Demidov is a loyal agent of the State Security Force (MGB) in Stalinist Russia. His job is to round up and interrogate enemies of the State, and he takes pride in these activities because “It is better to let ten innocent men suffer than to let one spy escape.” His worldview is jolted when key facts about a young boy’s disappearance and murder are fabricated by frightened villagers to avoid contact with the MGB, and an innocent man is tortured to prove an ideological point. These events cause him to “go dark,” racing to solve a string of child murder cases. In a State where, officially, no crime exists, such activity is a tacit contradiction of State policy, and subject to punishment reserved for the worst offenders – death, if the person is lucky.
I really enjoyed this book. This is screenwriter Tom Rob Smith’s debut novel and it scored rave reviews with many readers for its strong plot and authentic period detail. I tend to read books that are plot-driven, and Child 44 offers well-drawn characters and plenty of vivid action. If you came to the reference desk last month and thought I looked exhausted, you probably saw me in the two or three days immediately after I brought this book home and sat up half the night reading.
-review by Macee Damon, reference & cataloging librarian
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Coming to the big screen in 2010, Child 44 will be directed by Ridley Scott with screenplay by Richard Price.