Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Read: April 12 – May 3, 2017
My Book Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: May 24, 2012
Genre: Mystery / Psychological Thriller
Reading Challenge(s): Beat The Backlist 2017, TBR 2017
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 don’t remember how the topic of this book came about, but my co-worker Jess and I somehow ended up talking about this book one day at work. She said she owned it, but still hadn’t read it, but loved the movie. I told her I hadn’t seen the movie OR read the book, and I really wanted to. So, she brought the book to work and loaned it to me. And I devoured it as quickly as I could. Way too many late nights were spent reading this book. But it was so worth it.
So, if you’ve been living under a rock (as I was) and don’t really know what this book is about, except that it’s absolutely mind-blowing, then I’ll just tell you this:
Nick’s wife Amy disappears. He’s the prime suspect. But did he do it? Did he?
This book is literally mind-blowing. I was constantly texting my co-worker with each new theory I had for what happened to Amy. I can’t even count the number of times I changed my mind.
And the actual ending? Yep, mind-blowing. Like… WHAT? Did that seriously happen?
This review is not going to contain spoilers so, I mean, I literally can’t say much else. I will say this though, this book was amazing. Truly amazing. And this is coming from someone who really doesn’t enjoy reading “grown up” books.
The only reason I knocked half a star off was because the beginning was a little slow and because of the ending. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the ending, but I feel like it went on a little too long. I feel like the author gave the reader too much of an ending, if that makes sense.
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My wife loved games, mostly mind games.
It was my fifth lie to the police. I was just getting started.
Just like he jettisoned his parents when they were of no use to him, he’s dropping me because I don’t fit in his new life here.
Right now, I thought, I am a man who loves his wife and will find her. I am a man who loves his wife, and I am the good guy.
I haven’t read this one but have heard mix reactions – glad to see you liked it
Yeah, it seems like people either love it or hate it.
I really didn’t like the beginning because they were both such rich NY snobs. Things changed as the story went on, and I started to feel sorry for Amy…. but as the plot thickened, I realized I hated them both, but it became a love to hate them kind of deal. I highly recommend this one. Skip the movie though, they frustratingly left out way too much!