Before I go on to discuss The Light Between the Oceans I just have a few more comments about Gone Girl.
I loved the book! It had me on the edge the entire time I was reading it and I immediately felt compassion for the characters who I grew to hate. Funny thing about good character development - I fall in love or hate very quickly with characters in books. For example years ago I read House of Sea and Fog and immediately hated every character in that book but still couldn't abandon it, I still remember the characters even though I hated the book - but much of it was about understanding the culture of a Iranian living in America. The Reliable Wife was also one of those book where the characters were so strong and unforgettable but not lovable. It was so difficult to relate to the desperation of the characters living in that time in American history and culture.
Gillian Flynn has an incredibly complex writing style that intrigues me and I look forward to reading other of her books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places.
FYI: When preparing to write on this blog I have a tendency to remember more about the books than I usually do. Here is the question of the day: Do you think the old boyfriend had it planned all along that he would capture Amy and keep her prisoner? I do! Here is a news article about a killer from Alaska who came to Vermont just to kill. http://www.wcax.com/story/20314819/alaska-serial-killer-researched-mass-murderers
Psychopathology is just that - uncontrollable anti social behaviors that make the rest of society cringe. It is interesting to read books like that occasionally but I can't make a steady diet of it.
My friend Debbie thought the book ended too quickly. I don't know how much longer I could have held my breath to see what was going to happen. It would be a great movie but then again, Hollywood would probably butcher my visions of the scenes.
Back to the FYI for a second - why don't you try and write a few sentences about each BOM and then post it on the blog. I promise, you will remember more about the books we read and you will be able to recommend them to other readers.