Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Amazon Book Description: 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 Review: All the hype and excitement; ruined. I had heard great things! NY Times Best Seller, blah blah blah… the last 50 pages ruined all of the work that the author had done in the first 380. I will say that her ability to take on the voice of both Nick and Amy, separately, was pretty astonishing, but I’m still riling about the wrap-up and overall ending of the book. It took me only a weekend to get through, as you want to keep going, but only because you have to get to the next chapter to see what would happen to the OTHER character. It’s a nasty writer-trick to get you reading “just one more chapter” every time. I didn’t think the story was very creative and honestly, aside from me not predicting that the ending would be terrible, the rest was pretty predictable and boring. I, of course, won’t spoil it for you, but know you’ll be disappointed. Worst part, I think this book ruined this author for me, for good. Gillian Flynn, you could have done so much better.
Next up… Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford OR The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
**I was not asked to, or compensated for, writing this book review.