Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Back to Book Reviews: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Summary from Goodreads: Marriage can be a real killer.
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?
My Thoughts: I literally just finished this book and I loved it. It was a rather quick read because I didn't want to put it down. Flynn is rather talented at leading the reader on and including a million little cliffhangers as the chapters flip between Nick's perspective and Amy's journal excerpts. I had occasional issues with the first-person narrative but they weren't problematic enough to really jar the reading. Oddly for a book I enjoyed so much I didn't think any of the characters were at all likeable. Once the book was winding down I expected the ending but I can tell that things 'post-ending' are not going to end well.