5 Reasons ‘Gone Girl' is the Perfect Holiday Read Chrissa Hardy

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!

 

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  1. We have the same dinner we had on our first date 43 years special memories every time.

  2. Every holiday season, my spouse makes about ten thousand pierogis. (*Actual quantity not certified.)

  3. Not sure if this is unique but we always have breakfast burritos on Christmas morning

  4. We always watch White Christmas on Christmas Eve :)

  5. My fiancé has a large step-family. Every Christmas, they have a “theme” and dress up. Last year, for instance, was literary Christmas. My fiancé and I dressed up as hobbits. This year is Greek Christmas. It’s not technically my tradition, but I love being part of his family’s tradition.

  6. During the month of December we do a lot of fun things, from cutting down the tree, decoratin, Elf on the Shelf visits, making cookies, going to theKris Kringle parade, and visiting Santa. But my favorite tradition is every year since my daughter was born (8 years ago) we go out and have french toast and hot cocoa for dinner. It’s a treat we all look forward to!

  7. My family and I are normally spread out along the east coast for Hanukkah. On that first night, we use conference call and light the candles and say the prayers together. Although I can’t see them (we do this old school, no face time), I can hear their voices and it takes me back to my childhood.

  8. I dont know if this is so much “unique” but not everyone does it :) Christmas morning (or the morning before travel for Christmas) my kitties get to go through their stockings. Well, one of my kitties just passed….so it’s just Rusty. But he can totally tell he’s getting goodies! Also, whenever I put up my tree, is also the day Rusty get’s to wear his costume (for my amusement). He’s a good sport about it.

  9. My family likes to pour wine in our tea cups while holiday-ing with the bible-beater relatives.

    We do it so often, that I figure it ought to be labeled as a tradition!

    May your Christmas be equally as intoxicating!

  10. My family and I open our presents to each other on Christmas Eve night…not very unique but we love it! Happy holidays!

  11. Every Christmas time, my mom and I make probably hundreds of tamales. Some we eat but most of them we freeze for later. The yummy deliciousness of tamales reminds me well of the holidays and the fun times making them!

  12. Every Christmas Eve, we go to church; light a fire; hang our stockings; pig out on wine, spiked eggnog, and finger foods; watch a Christmas movie; have a brandy nightcap; then go to bed and wait for Santa to come.

  13. We always dress up the pets in holiday garb :-)

  14. I’m looking for a new tradition – perhaps reading a murder-themed book may be a new start? Escape reality and eat holiday treats while drinking hot cocoa :)

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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!

  17. 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..

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

  19. 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

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