Friday, December 13, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What have we done to each other? What will we do?' Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears.

The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war... 

I'd heard this book was good, I think I found it via a twitter discussion of recommended reads. Either way, it somehow ended up on my list and then slowly made it's way onto my Kindle.

Shew. I was hooked. The writing style was great and the story wormed it's way into you head. It's diary-entry style and absolutely gives those two sides to the story (mentioned over there on the cover).

I wasn't thrilled with the ending exactly, but I adored the journey and story getting there. I would definitely recommend this one. But probably best not to read it during crazy week - haha.

* Recently I was introduced to Grammarly's proofreading software and I think it is a tool so many people should be using! 

For a laugh, I tried it with some MXit Feedback we've been getting on a project at work (MXit's users, in my experience, have notoriously bad grammer and use incomplete/shortened words). See the results below. 

I was disappointed that I couldn't see the actual fixes / recommendations for my text without signing-up and you can't get the 7-day Free Trial without advance registering for their paid-for service which will kick in when your trial ends.

I guess it makes good business sense for them, but it was hard for me to gauge what actual results on my text I'd be getting and if it'd be worthwhile (although you can cancel you subscription during the 7-day Free Trial this seems like too much effort to me).

But, I think if I had a kid in High School who struggled with these sorts of things, I'd probably sign up for an annual registration (it works out to about R120 per month)

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