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Gone Girl
422 pages; Broadway Books
Why We Love It: Flynn made us forget our own problems—actually, she made us forget our own lives—while we tore through the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, quite possibly the world's most dysfunctional couple. Afterward, we kept asking two questions: How well do we really know the people around us? And, are there any other novels like that one?

The Sequel: Surely, a couple this perversely perfect for each other has many more years of (riveting) nasty machinations ahead of them. Gone Girl begins with Amy's disappearance on the Dunnes' fifth wedding anniversary. Let's set this one on their tenth anniversary—when baby enters preschool.
— Dawn Raffel