My So-Called Wife

A crackling thriller about marriage in a house of mirrors

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This is supposed to be a review of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, but the truth is, I don't have the foggiest idea how to review this book. It's not what it appears to be, but to be too specific about what it really is would spoil the fun. What to do?

I'll start by reviewing the book it seems to be, at least at first, which is a mystery. Our hero is Nick Dunne, a writer who lost his job in New York City when the magazine he worked for went under. He retreated to North Carthage, the small town in...

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