Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Published: 5/24/2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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?

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.

 Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn  Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


The Bookish Brunette thought:

Fucked. Me. Up.

When Amy goes missing, everyone is baffled – including her husband Nick. As the search for Amy intensifies and we catch glimpses into the depravity of Nick’s mind, I was at once convinced he killed her and buried her in the wall, all the while thinking, “there’s absolutely no way he did this.”

Everything is wrapped in a big ball of “WHAT THE FUCK?!”

Once you think you know what’s happened, is happening or is going to happen – Gillian Flynn throws in a fast curve ball, high and to the right that you NEVER SEE COMING until it smacks you in the face.

Now every time I think, “Dear God… I’m literally insane.” I conjure up the vivid memory of Gone Girl and realize that I’m nowhere near as insane as I think I am. Or could be anyway. icon wink Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Nick is a very complex and intriguing character, and at times I couldn’t stand him… All while routing for him and hoping to God he didn’t kill her.

We meet Amy through the pages of her diary, from the days before she met Nick until she went missing… Through this, we get both sides of how certain events in their history seemed in each others mind.

I’m usually very hesitant to read books like Gone Girl… Because for one, the hype around such a highly acclaimed book usually leaves me feeling like the only person on Earth who didn’t get what all the fuss was about. And two because psychological thrillers aren’t really my thing. But after reading a review for Gone Girl over at Books With Cass, I knew I had to go for it.

There are not words to fully express the twisted extremity of Gone Girl. There just isn’t. Until you read it – you have no idea what the term “mind-fuck” actually entails.

So in the case of Gone Girl, there is truth behind all the raving that accompanies this book. Read. It.

Gillian Flynn… Oh what have you done to my already fragile sense of sanity???

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Favorite Quotes from Gone Girl:

“A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.”

“Can you imagine, finally showing your true self to your spouse, your soul mate, and having him not like you? So that’s how the hating first began.”

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34 Responses to Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  1. wow. i’m quite certain i need to read this!

  2. I’ve been wanting to read this. I’ve read Sharp Objects and Dark Places, and I’m not sure why I haven’t read Gone Girl yet, but I will. :) Thanks for the awesome review!

  3. Great review. i need to read this one.

  4. I’m reading (well listening) to this one right now!! I don’t know if it’s as crazy as everyone seems to say, at least not for me. But I’m only 6 hours in….. LOL! Hopefully things will pick up!

  5. This book is so around everywhere, but I honestly never paid attention to it. I have gotten away from reading blurbs on books and only skim them half the time. After reading your review for this I feel like I need to go buy it right the minute.

  6. I have been meaning to read this book and all of Gillian’s other books. After this review, I am definitely going to have to get my hands on it.

  7. That girl is freaking nuts! Amy that is, not Gillian Flynn. Although perhaps Gillian Flynn is too, to think up this stuff!

    Ah you’ve made me want to go back and read it again now!

  8. Vivien says:

    I absolutely LOVED THIS BLOODY BOOK. I recommended it to EVERYONE. I don’t even CARE if they don’t like it. I KNOW IT’S BLOODY AMAZING!!!! Anyhoo, did you know she’s from the KC area?

  9. Now I’m more nervous about starting this one. What sanity? O.o

    I swear it’s been suggested for me to read by 2 people personally already! Now you have me curious as to what mind-fuck is happening here!

  10. So I have no intentions of reading this book because it is not my thing, but I totally had to tweet a link to your review because it is so damn quotable. I laughed out loud. Your voice is one of a kind, Ashley! <3

  11. I keep seeing this creeping up places. Great review, it almost makes me want to pick this one up and give it a shot.

  12. I originally listened to the audio last year, but re-read it in January for book club. Our book club fortunately usually meets in member’s homes because the f bombs were flying! It was probably one of the best book discussions we’ve ever had (along with Fingersmith by Sarah Waters that has an even bigger WTF jaw dropping moment in it).

  13. Cassie says:

    Makes me SO HAPPY that it fucked you up as much as it did me! HOW GOOD WAS THIS!? ugh. Glad you read & witnessed the CRAZY. <2

  14. I have read this one! It does fuck with your mind hard core and I think she does that brilliantly. Sharp Objects will do the same but in a different way! I think you should read that one too if you loved this one with a 5+ :)

    • Cassie says:

      OH OH, really? I was contemplating that one!!

      • hollybindurham says:

        I agree with Felicia – if you liked Gone Girl and liked the fact that it messed with your mind (which, apparently, you did!), then you’ll probably like Sharp Objects too! Maybe not QUITE as much, but pretty darn close. Though I admit I’m glad I read Gone Girl first because I do think it’s better than her first two….BUT that means she’s got a LOT to live up to with her 4th!!

  15. Smash Attack says:

    I seriously cannot wait to read this! I love me a good trip down crazy lane!

  16. Your review…..cracked me up. This was one of my favs last year, it was so demented!!!!!

  17. kbeck13 says:

    Excellent review. I heard about this book on The Quivering Pen blog and after reading your review I absolutely need to read this.

  18. MichelleR says:

    This book stays with you. Anyone who thinks they know how to write an unreliable narrator, or play mind games with readers, needs to study at the Gone Girl Academy. :)

  19. Karen says:

    I really need to read this book. I think I got a little turned off by the hype but almost everyone that I trust loved this one.
    Loved your review.

  20. hollybindurham says:

    YES! I have long been a fan of Gillian Flynn, since her first book was released, and I already thought she was a genius. But this….THIS! Totally messed with my mind!! This is, in my opinion, definitely the best of her three books, though the other 2 are also great. It is a complete and totally mind-f#*%!!!! And I loved every minute of it. Every. Single. Minute.

  21. Mark says:

    Please, please, please don’t waste your time, you will never get that time back. I am an avid, well seasoned reader and this was the worst book I have ever read. It took me four attempts to get started and when I finally did I struggled to see what the story was about. Was it a romance, a thriller, a well conceived sub-plot. Well none of those sprang to my mind. It was weak, poorly conceived and worst of all a total misuse of the English language. In fact, I would say it was an insult to the English language. The story did not start to take any form until about page 247, which is about half way through the book, after which it maintained a steady page turning read, nothing gripping, but a page turner. Then, the so called heroine makes a reappearance and the story falls flat on it’s face……I must have been reading a differnt book juding the reviews on this site, but please believe me when I say DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! Do something less boring instead.

    • Um… Did you even take the time to read the article you just commented on? And I do believe you missed the entire point of the book. It was a psychological thriller… Meant to mess with your mind and leave you thinking, and “WTF?”… Perhaps it went beyond your capacity of comprehension?

    • MichelleR says:

      I used to review indie books for a website, and it was a firm policy with me to never presume to tell others what to read or not read. I would talk about my opinion, my experience, and then it would be up to the reader to make their own decision.

      I felt that I was there to help the reader, and if the information I shared led them to a different conclusion than my own, the review was still successful.

      It would never occur to me to have the hubris to go on another person’s site, and to pretend like I had a greater authority to tell their readership what to do with their time and money.

      That this is also one of the more widely reviewed and discussed books of the last year, and that readers have access to a wealth of opinion, makes your clear sense that your voice should be THE voice to be quite … well, ballsy.

      To be clear, it will be helpful to potential readers to hear why some readers didn’t care for Gone Girl, but you don’t know the tastes of the people who will encounter your comments enough to know it to be a waste of their time, particularly when discussion a book that has done exceptionally well based on buzz and word of mouth created by enthusiastic readers.

      Gillian Fynn has very little web presence, but the book exploded because a whole lot of people really did like it a lot. Doesn’t mean these people were “right,” but it does increase the odds of it being a book that others will like. Which makes your confidence in telling strangers that they won’t like it a bit of an overreach.

  22. Colleen Dalton says:

    I feel I totally wasted my time reading this book. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Story was laughable, characters were unbelievable, plot was thin even with its multi layers.

  23. When I first started reading this book, I loved it. But by the end, I regretted buying it. It started out so strong, but it didn’t hold up. I went from thinking I would recommend it to everyone to thinking i wouldn’t suggest it at all. I just don’t know what happened…but it turned from great to lacking by the end. That’s only my opinion. I know that many loved it, and I know that I don’t share the same opinions as everyone where books are concerned. It has some really crazy moments and there was a point where I couldn’t put it down ….but the fact that it just fizzled at the end left me feeling disappointed. I wish the ending had been stronger to match the beginning.

    • ted fawcett says:

      Gone Girl

      I read three chapters of this book and gave up on it. That is extremely rare for me, almost unheard of infact. By the end of the third chapter I asked myself why am I reading this. I found it boring, tedious and wondering what is there here that lives up
      to such a billing. I found Nick and Amy uninteresting as characters and the book just died on me. Good luck to anyone who wants to plough through this.


  24. Vicky Manley says:

    Just read Gone Girl, my fist G Flynn book and have told all my friends they’re in for a treat. Could not put it down! Am bereft its finished and will upload another Gillian Flynn immediately. Envy those yet to read it.

  25. Nola Carvill says:

    I’m halfway through Gone Girl – and those who have read it will know what tupsy turvy revelation has just “messed up” with my head! Just when you think you “have” IT – you realise you really have no idea…. Didn’t sleep last night – if my eyes weren’t that tired I’d keep on reading – instead Nick and Amy just kept me awake wondering…

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