Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Synopsis (from bn.com): 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.
My thoughts: I literally just finished this book about 10 minutes ago and I don’t even know where to begin! I think I am still in post-book shock! Where does even begin writing a review about this book without giving anything away? All I can say is “Wow” and “are you kidding me with that ending?”
Let me begin by saying I didn’t originally plan on reading this book. It had been getting a lot of press, good reviews, and everyone in the world was reading it. I tend to be one of those people who always end up disliking or at least neutral with what other people are raving about (ex. Forest Gump, Oprah books, etc.), so I avoided it. Then I found this new book club in my area and this was their first book, so I took the plunge! Phew and a plunge it was.
I will say I wouldn’t describe this book as amazing or fantastic as I did “Before I Go To Sleep”, but it is downright fantastic in its own way. It is blissfully dark in a way that makes you almost feel creepy about reading it. It is pychological, pathological, dark, eery, and well just . . . seriously messed up. Just when you find yourself on one character’s side, you find out something and you jump to the other character’s side, and then you find out more . . . and more . . . and oh, just more! Let me put it this way, by page 150 I found myself saying “oh, I totally didn’t see that coming”, by page 250 I was saying, “what the . . . you have got to be kidding me”, by page 350 I was saying, “this is seriously messed up”, and by the end well the end is a different story all in itself. The end was simply me sitting on the couch with my mouth open, quickly paging through the acknowledgement pages looking for more while I said, “that seriously isn’t the end, what, . . . where is the end?”
In short, read this book simply for the guilty pleasure of joining into a descent of a very pathological mind! Buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!
I have read that it is going to be made into a movie . . . I always like the book better and don’t possibly see how they can translate this one, but we will see!
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