Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Thriller/ Suspense
Blurb: 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. 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?
I’m not sure where to begin with this one. Maybe I should start with the purchase. I bought this on a visit to my local Barnes & Noble. I talked with one of the employees and another patron. They agreed that I should buy this book (I wasn’t familiar with it or the author). They both also warned me that at the end I would want to throw the book across the room. I confess that sentiment had me intrigued.
Gone Girl isn’t my normal read. As those of you who follow my blog, you are well aware that I tend to read paranormal romance or m-m romance. I got to thinking that it never hurts to try something new, to step out of my reading comfort zone. Besides, I wanted to read what dozens and dozens of other readers have read.
I’m going to throw out some adjectives/ descriptions that come to mind when I think of this book. (I don’t want to spoil the read for those of you who haven’t read it and want to – that being said, don’t read my Goodreads updates on the book!)
Here goes the descriptive list:
- Dark and twisted
- Hint of mystery, more suspense
- Well-thought out and carefully planned
- Unique writing style
The book was written in first person from each person’s POV (Nick and Amy). The initial start didn’t grab me, but I quickly became invested in the story – I had to know what happened to Amy. By the end, I was running out of ways to describe crazy, psychotic, too-smart-for-her-own-good Amy and her machinations.
The ending wasn’t what I wanted. As one of my Twitter friends mentioned (I’m paraphrasing), it was the only way to end the book. I think I agree with that. I didn’t have the urge to throw the book across the room. Was I disappointed? Yes. Does the ending make sense (as in fit with the characters and their actions)? Absolutely. Is it a traditionally ‘happily ever after’? Nope.
I want to end the post with a sample of Ms. Flynn’s writing style. Give me a second to find a snippet or two that won’t spoil anything…
In Nick’s POV from page 121:
I watched the ceiling of the hotel room turn gray then pink then yellow and finally pulled myself up to see the sun blaring right at me, across the river, again, a solar third degree. . . .It is a do-it-yourself era: health care, real estate, police investigation. Go online and fucking figure it out for yourself because everyone’s overworked and understaffed.
In Amy’s POV from page 91:
Here’s what happened: Nick got home just after four, a bulb of beer and cigarettes and fried-egg odor attached to him, a placenta of stink. I was still awake, waiting for him, my brain cathunking after a marathon of Law and Order. He sat down on our ottoman and glanced at the present on the table and said nothing. I stared at him back. He clearly wasn’t even going to graze against an apology . . .
For my review: 3.5 out of 5 stars. While this was well-written, it was too dark and depressing for me to rate it any higher. But, that’s just me.
In case you hadn’t heard, Gone Girl is being made into a movie to be released October 3rd. Just my two cents (again!): I think Ben Affleck will make an awesome Nick. For more info check out IMDB.