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November Book Club Meeting

Our November book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

"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.

Since our discussion is held at the Nordstrom Market Cafe, I plan on enjoying dinner during our discussion. Eating or drinking is optional but I certainly plan on enjoying something to eat and drink during our discussion. The Nordstrom Market Cafe is located on the second floor of Norstroms in the Columbia Mall.


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.

Book Availability at the Howard Count Public Library

Gone Girl is available for checkout at the Howard County Public Library. The Howard County Public Library has:

(126) Copies of the book.

(19) Copies of the book in Large Print.

(28) Copy as an Electronic book.

Howard County Library Central Branch

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044


Branch Hours

Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm

Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm

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  • Maxine F.

    Great discussion!

    November 22, 2013

    • Nicole H.

      It was a great discussion. I can't remember what was the book you recommend that I read.

      1 · November 22, 2013

  • Nicole H.

    I had a great time. The conversations about the book and other off the top conversations were great and lively. I think we all walked away hating Amy (sorry Wayne she is evil)

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Thank you Sharon Craig for selecting this month's excellent book. It was just a great group of people to talk with about this book.

    2 · November 21, 2013

  • Sandra

    Sorry. I am not going to be able to make it after all.

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. The book wss interesting and I'll miss the discussion.

    November 20, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Here is another question to ponder while you are reading. Think about this an let's discuss it at our meeting:

    A skillful mystery writer knows which details to reveal and when to reveal them. How much do you know...and when do you know it? In other words, how good is Flynn at burying her clues in plain sight? Now that you know how the story plays out, go back and pick out the clues she left behind for you.

    November 18, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Here is another question to think about as you read then lets discuss it at our meeting:

    Amy and Nick lie. When did you begin to suspect that the two were lying to one another...and to you, the reader? Why do they lie...what do they gain by it?

    November 16, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Hi everyone. I hope that your "Gone Girl" reading is going well. Here is a question to think about. Let's discuss this at our meeting next Thursday.

    Consider Amy and Nick Dunne as characters. Do you find them first? Talk about the ways each reveals him/herself over the course of the novel. At what point do your sympathies begin to change (if they do)?

    1 · November 14, 2013

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    1 · October 23, 2013

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    October 23, 2013

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