5 Reasons ‘Gone Girl' is the Perfect Holiday Read

The holidays are a magical, delicious time of year. You spend time with your loved ones, you get to shower them with beautifully wrapped gifts, and you indulge in giant holiday meals and baked goods. It’s hard not to be on cloud nine for the entire month of December.

And Gone Girl is a gripping psychological thriller about a marriage that’s falling apart when wife, Amy goes missing on her and Nick’s five year wedding anniversary. Nick is a suspect, because the husband is always a suspect, and as he searches for his wife’s whereabouts, you are constantly trying to decide if he actually did kill her.

On the surface, this book might seem like a strange choice for a new holiday tradition, but here are five reasons you’ll want to crack this book open every December. (And you could win a copy of Gillian Flynn’s best sellers – Gone GirlSharp Objects, and Dark Places if you enter our giveaway below!)

1. The brilliant narration.

Nick’s kind of d-bag. But he knows it! He’s constantly referring to his face as “one you’d want to punch” and his personality traits making him seem like a jerk to anyone that meets him. Amy saw past all of that though, and fell madly in love with him. She’s a high maintenance, rigid woman that wants to love Nick as he is and doesn’t want to be a demanding wife, but is often disappointed that he she can’t change him.

The writing is magnificent, and each chapter alternates between Nick and Amy’s POV. Nick’s story begins the day she goes missing. Amy’s story begins when she meets Nick and leads up to the day she goes missing. It’s consuming, and so incredibly addicting, to see these two fall in love and then witness how they start to fall apart.

I have to be honest, between reading another few chapters of Gone Girl and turning on Love Actually, I actually chose Gone Girl!

2. Same book, new clues.

Nick is also a question mark. Did he kill his wife? Why does he keep behaving inappropriately in the days after she goes missing? Did he really just smile at the press conference? For a man whose wife might’ve been murdered, he seems more bitter than concerned. As the story unfolds, more suspects pop up. And because of the alternating narration between Amy and Nick, I focused so much on the clues Nick was providing the first time I read it, that when I read it for a second time, I was blown away by all of the little things I missed from Amy’s POV.

You’ll catch more clues every time you read this book. So why not plan on digging into this story once a year and see what else you find?

3. Escape the holiday theme.

You’ve been listening to nothing but holiday music for weeks, drafting lists for everyone you need to buy presents for, signing holiday cards, and you just need a break. There’s no better way to bust out of the holiday cheer mode than with a book about the search for a potential murder victim. I know that sounds a little grim, but it’s true! Take off the Santa cap and put on your detective hat for a few hours.

4. Escape the holiday stress.

The holidays are as stressful as they are magical. Planning holiday budgets, managing your time with visiting relatives, trying not to eat too many gingerbread men at once, it’s all a bit of a struggle. So rather than eating your feelings when things get cray, dive into Gone Girl and get lost in Amy’s building stress as her marriage falls apart. Hearing about other people’s stress when you are stressed is really the best present you can receive.

5. Gain some perspective.

Maybe you’re alone this holiday season. Maybe you have a giant dysfunctional family and they’re all crashing in your two bedroom apartment this year. Whatever your situation, it can’t be as bad what Nick and Amy are going through. Their extended family is also a complete mess. Once again, escape your own drama by getting wrapped up in theirs.

Even if your holidays are perfect, gathered around the tree/Christmas card perfect, this is fun way to take a step back and appreciate what you have. It’s also a way to remain entertained and on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Get your copy here. And HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Giveaway Deets:

In the comments below, answer this: Do have any unique holiday traditions? What are they? Share your answer for a chance to win a free copy of this book!

Only entries from residents of US will be considered.

Sponsored by: Crown Publishing

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=58702232 Marye Delany Silvers

    Every Christmas I attempt a new Christmas Cookie to add to the cookie jar. This year, Ginger Crinkle Cookies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=565338865 Jennifer Mazone

    I cook a turkey, for my family, even though I’m a vegetarian.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1114791059 Maureen Festa

    Every year my friend Mike and I go to staged reading of A Christmas Carol at the Parker House Hotel in Boston (where Dickens made his first appearance reading the story.) It’s a lovely festive evening, and the proceeds go to a local woman’s shelter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1001594430 Megan Narsing

    My unique Holiday Tradition is the Starbuck’s Holiday cups. Every year they have a new ceramic version of their paper cups and I get either an ornament copy or the mug version. I alternate every year so I can give one to each.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7600661 Nam Ly-Sarmiento

    Every year I throw a holiday shindig and I spend weeks planning and making the perfect diy party favor for my guest and every year without fail I put off the actual party planning until the day before! Thankfully, I have wonderful friends who like to decorate before the party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=724394632 Sylvia Bruner

    My husband I have a tiny house with little room for decorating, so each year we try to find a little ornament that we both like. We plan to have years worth of keepsakes someday!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001831740561 Robyn Matias-Jenkins

    Every year I put out my Nutcrackers out; all 62 of them! And then I sit back and watch It’s A Wonderful Life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10135202 Laura Elizabeth Donovan

    I really liked the beginning of this book — but the twist was hard for me to get behind and I wasn’t a huge fan of Amy’s character. The husband isn’t such a winner himself. The ending does seem to fit in that sense :) Very well-written and easy to get through. I’d reread it for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006405605608 Lindsey Lai

    During the holidays when it’s cold, we have a tradition of making Chinese Hot Pot. There is a boiling pot of broth on the table in which people cook various types of meat, fish, noodle/rice cakes, and vegetables in. The broth becomes increasingly more savory as more ingredients are added. This dish brings everyone together outside to gather around and eat and laugh. Most people make it whenever it’s chilly out, but since we live in South Florida, and we only have about 2 weeks of cold, dry weather (read: below 70), this tradition is limited exclusively to the holiday season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=763518152 Alyson Klinglesmith

    My husband and I buy each other an ornament for our tree every year. It’s just a little surprise that we give each other on Christmas morning. They usually have something to do with something that has happened during the past year or a significant event. We just put up our tree and it’s so fun to see all of the ornaments we’ve got. It’s like a little bit of our history on a tree!.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1242519283 Kristin Barnhart Heinig

    Chinese food on Christmas night!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=177100012 Anne Pepitone

    My husband and I always enjoy watching non-traditional Christmas movies such as Gremlins, Die Hard, Better off Dead, and Edward Scissorhands while making cookies and decorating our little Charlie Brown tree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509916014 Jess Sz

    Every year on Xmas day my family has a “Dysfunctional Family Viewing” where we pick an inappropriate non-holiday movie. The first time we did is years ago we watched “Set It Off” (Queen Latifah? A holiday gem.). Other great picks have included: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Scarface and Team America. Perfect antidote to being inundated with the holiday messiness leading up to the actual day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584085170 Dana Kobylarski

    Every year on Christmas, we have a large get-together of friends and family and play the White Elephant game, where everyone buys one gift under $25, wraps it and places it under the tree. Then, each person draws a number to determine in what order they will take turns selecting them and can decide if they want to keep the gift they opened or trade for an already opened gift. One year, one family member’s contribution was a lace pair of panties and a scarf. The gift got so much attention that every year since, at least one person supplies the same gift during the exchange!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524510664 Naomi Mango

    I LOVED this book, it was so well written and gripping. It’s definitely one I’d read again and that rarely happens!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046715138 Katy Carrazana

    My friends from my past job have a holiday tradition of dinner and a gift exchange singing karaoke and wearing ugly Christmas sweaters.. This yearwill be our 8th tacky Christmas celebration

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17701755 Cara Hutchison

    My family wears Mickey Mouse ears every Christmas, since before I was born!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=11603510 Candra Rivers

    In my family, every year since I was 7, our family would hold a dance contest/talent show between the children and my mom is the judge. The prize is a King Size Butterfinger (when we were younger this was much more significant, though even today the losers do not go out and buy their own if they lose).. This happens only when all of us can get together now that we are adults, but it still goes on. Preparations and practice start after Thanksgiving dinner, when we announce what we will be doing/what song etc..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522080318 Patricia Nicholls

    My family and I all buy kitschy holiday t-shirts, dress up our four dogs like Santa and his reindeer, and take holiday photos together in front of the fireplace. Variations on the human pyramid encouraged!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1304400009 Abby Zeller

    My family and I always go to a tree farm the weekend after Thanksgiving! We put on hats, scarves, gloves, the works and drive for a few hours to our favorite place. We end up riding on bales of hay at the farm, pulled by a tractor. When we see the tree we want, we all jump off and chop it down ourselves! The rest of the day is spent watching movies and decorating the tree and the house :)

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