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.
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.
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???
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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