Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted October 1, 2014 | 23 Comments

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnGone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Published by: Crown
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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?

Why the hell did I torture myself over reading this? I wanted to read Gone Girl, I really did. Promise. Yet, I was incredibly reluctant to. I have no idea why. I had to force myself to read it, and it wasn’t until around 12% into the book that I realized I was completely hooked.

Gone Girl is a psychological thriller that is all kind of shades of twisted. Amy is missing, and the evidence keeps growing, pointing towards her loving husband as the murderer. Sounds typical, right? Not even close.

I did figure out the twist within the first 7% of the book and found it fairly predictable, which made me worry that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. Wrong! I enjoyed it very much. It was still intriguing, and it was exciting how everything played out. Not going to lie, I couldn’t help but to laugh at the ending. Not in a bad way, though.

All I kept hearing about this book was how everyone hates the characters. Confession: I love them. Are they despicable, effed up people? Absolutely! But that’s what I love, what pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. Amy truly is a fascinating, clever character.

I think the media was worked into this wonderfully, showing how people judge so easy and quickly, and shift opinions without facts. I about died laughing at the Ellen Abbott character and her similarities to a well-known television personality. Spot on.

I am just happy that I put my big girl panties on and finally read Gone Girl, because it was definitely worth it.

Now I’m ready to see the movie!


23 responses to “Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  1. I should stop torturing myself and read it now, too, right? I’m hoping (and expecting) it’s as twisted as Abigail Haas books, which if it is, right up my alley.

  2. I’ve heard this book is messed up (in the best possible way) and I can’t wait to read it! I’m waiting until after I see the movie though, otherwise I’ll just pick the movie apart and obsess over everything they changed from the book:) Fabulous review Christy!

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  3. I’ve only read Sharp Object (just recently too) and really enjoyed it. For some reason though, every time I read the synopsis for this one I just feel “meh”. The trailer looks really good though.

  4. I really enjoyed reading this one despite the fact that these are definitely the most screwed up people I’ve ever come across! While the movie looks fabulous I’m still not sure I want to spend any more time with them. I’m glad you finally read it and enjoyed it!

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  5. I was going to come and kick your ass if you didn’t like this one. I still am thinking about this a year and a half later. I thought it was brilliant and twisted and I liked the characters because they were so bad. I can’t wait to see the movie, hopefully they don’t eff it up.

  6. I’ve been considering giving this a go bc if has such wise pause, but then the characters had me hesitant. I’ll try to squeeze this one in!

  7. Joy

    I am so jealous! I’ve wanted to read this for so long (2 years now) since I got the ebook version. Then earlier this year I bought the paperback just so I can get on with it. Guess what? The movie’s out but I still haven’t read it. Haven’t watched it either. I feel like a total loser because a lot of my friends have been telling me that it’s really good. Oh, I really need to read it, right?

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