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Jan. Discussion: Pick From These 3 Options

For January's book discussion, pick any one of these three Gillian Flynn books. Liked the first one? Try a second. Still looking for more suspense? Read the third. These books are not a series so you can read any of them in any order you'd like. Already several of our members are planning to read more than one book, but being an overachiever is not necessary to participate ;)

Leave a comment to let us know what book you're planning to read, and until then, see you in 2014!

OPTION 1: Gone Girl

Winner of 2013 Puddly Award

Marriage can be a real killer. 
   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? 
   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.

http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Gillian-Flynn/dp/030758836X


OPTION 2: Sharp Objects

Winner of Two of Britain's Dagger Awards

Flynn gives new meaning to the term "dysfunctional family" in her chilling debut thriller. Camille Preaker, once institutionalized for youthful self-mutilation, now works for a third-rung Chicago newspaper. When a young girl is murdered and mutilated and another disappears in Camille's hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., her editor, eager for a scoop, sends her there for a human-interest story. Though the police, including Richard Willis, a profiler from Kansas City, Mo., say they suspect a transient, Camille thinks the killer is local. Interviewing old acquaintances and newcomers, she relives her disturbed childhood, gradually uncovering family secrets as gruesome as the scars beneath her clothing. The horror creeps up slowly, with Flynn misdirecting the reader until the shocking, dreadful and memorable double ending. She writes fluidly of smalltown America, though many characters are clichés hiding secrets. 

http://www.amazon.com/Sharp-Objects-Gillian-Flynn-ebook/dp/B000JMKTLO/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385993101&sr=1-3&keywords=gone+girl


OPTION 3: Dark Places

Nominated for 2009 Dark Scribe Magazine's Black Quill Award

Edgar-finalist Flynn's second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp Objects. When Libby Day's mother and two older sisters were slaughtered in the family's Kansas farmhouse, it was seven-year-old Libby's testimony that sent her 15-year-old brother, Ben, to prison for life. Desperate for cash 24 years later, Libby reluctantly agrees to meet members of the Kill Club, true crime enthusiasts who bicker over famous cases. She's shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still on the loose. Though initially interested only in making a quick buck hocking family memorabilia, Libby is soon drawn into the club's pseudo-investigation, and begins to question what exactly she saw—or didn't see—the night of the tragedy. Flynn fluidly moves between cynical present-day Libby and the hours leading up to the murders through the eyes of her family members. When the truth emerges, it's so twisted that even the most astute readers won't have predicted it.

http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Places-Gillian-Flynn-ebook/dp/B0027MJU00/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385993101&sr=1-2&keywords=gone+girl

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  • Cheryl

    That was fun. Good discussion...if a bit difficult over the Salsa Music! Fun, friendly people. Looking forward to next time.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Gwen F.

    the book i was thinking of was The Time Traveler's Wife--it kind of looks like a good Love story

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Cheryl

      The Time Traveler's Wife was an amazing love story. It's actually one of my favorite books! I would read it again.

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • Gwen F.

    good discussion

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Janet

      Good to see you, Gwen! Don't forget: You're on the hook to pick our May book :)

      1 · January 28, 2014

    • Gwen F.

      Okay, I'm on it!

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • Gwen F.

    Actually now that I read the synopsis, it looks sad. reminds me of Slaughterhouse Five

    January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I will see everyone next month my migraine wins!

    January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm disappointed, I didn't have time for much this month. Has the Feb book been picked yet? I will start on that one as soon as I can.

    January 27, 2014

  • Lalini

    I've read 2 and a quarter books and once again I will not be able to attend. I am sad because I know that it is going to be a great discussion and I miss you guys. Enjoy!

    January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Aw, too bad! We'll miss you as well.

      1 · January 26, 2014

    • Jaime

      Boo!

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I read all three books but will not be able to make the meeting due to a death in the family. Looking forward to the next title!

    January 23, 2014

  • Cheryl

    I read Gone Girl and developed a love/hate relationship with it! Looking forward to meeting the group.

    3 · January 22, 2014

  • Marie J.

    Excited to find this group. I will try my best to finish one of the books before the meeting.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm reading Sharp Objects

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • Julia V

    I teach until 6:45 on Mondays this semester, but hopefully I can still show up early enough to be a useful member of the discussions!

    January 3, 2014

  • Barb P.

    Gone Girl has an interesting twist---hope the other books are as good!

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Gwen F.

    check out this link

    December 6, 2013

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