Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review: Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
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 form 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 and 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 they love.  With is 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 boxy 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.

3/5 stars (liked it)
The book started off a bit slow and I guessed whether Amy was really dead or not and whether Nick killed her or not.  I don’t want to give it away but I knew right away what was going on.  So I thought how can I be surprised when I basically know how this book is going to end.  Well it did surprise me.  This book is filled with a mentally screwed up husband and just if not more mentally screwed up wife.  Both have terrible faults and I really didn’t know whom I wanted to root for.  They are both so screwed up that they deserve each other.  The author did a great job at sucking me in and having me want to know how things would play out in the end.  The ending really did surprise me.

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