I almost wish I’d never read Gone Girl just so I could read it again for the first time. Flynn is utterly masterful at manipulating expectations and sympathies to make you think you know the score — only to rip not just the rug out from under your feet, but the rest of the floor as well, over and over again until the final, chilling pages. This book is absolutely engrossing, believable, stay-up-all-night suspenseful and just plain stunning. You’ll definitely want to clear your calendar for it.
When Nick Dunne’s beautiful wife, Amy, disappears the morning of their fifth anniversary, their home shows signs of a struggle and traces of cleaned-up blood. As the police investigate, and Amy’s parents press for answers, Nick seems less concerned than he should be. But is he a killer? (CROWN, Jun., 432 pp. $25.00)