Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
Gone Girl. Holy effing cow! I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel as big of a mind f*ck as this. I mean that in the most amazingtastic way possible!
Gone Girl is a novel you’re going to be begging EVERYONE to read just so you can have someone to talk to about it. I think I had more jaw-drops reading Gone Girl than any book I’ve ever read. You think you know what will happen but I highly doubt anyone will predict the end. I sure did not see it coming, which is awesomely refreshing.
I’ve had Gillian Flynn’s other novels: Sharp Objects and Dark Places, on my wish list for some time but after reading Gone Girl they’re definitely getting bumped up to “ASAP reading.” I think she’s found a fan in me for life. Gone Girl is such an intelligent novel. Its characters are so beautifully flawed. I was laughing even as I was mortified. I was hanging on every single page wondering what the next head-whipping twist was coming.
I think what I loved most was, in the beginning of the novel (about the first half) I was going back and forth between which character I sympathized most with, the husband Nick or the wife Amy. Nick is so likeable in a lot of ways, but he’s got issues. Amy, I felt almost bad for her in the beginning. It was fascinating to read her diary entries – have I said before how partial I am to diary entries? I can’t get enough of books with diaries or letters etc. Amy’s diary added an additional aspect of the book that kept me glued to the pages.
I wish I could say more, but really I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone! This is just such a purely delicious read. I should also mention there’s a treasure hunt complete with clues. I can’t even express how much I loved Gone Girl! This is me gushing!
This is one of the best suspense/thrillers, psycho-thrillers I’ve ever read and that says a lot considering thrillers is probably my favorite genre. I feel like this is one book I could write sonnets on how much it rocked. I BEG you – and you know I don’t do that often, give Gone Girl a chance if you’re into thrillers, psychological thrillers especially. Then come back here or email so we can TALK, because I can guarantee you won’t want to keep your thoughts to yourself.
If there was ever a book that deserved more than the 5 star rating of amazingtastic this is it – amazingtastic x10!
*Review Copy provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for a fair review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.