Gone Girl

Posted September 2, 2013 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Gillian Flynn
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Published by Braodway Books
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Gillian Flynn
Braodway Books

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?

“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”

That pretty much sums up how I feel about Gone Girl. I absolutely loved this book, but I literally shudder every time I think about it. This was my first Gillian Flynn read (yes I know, I am seriously behind,) and while I had heard wonderful things about her writing, I was nowhere near prepared for the mind fuck I was about to endure.

The story starts out simple enough, wife disappears and husband is suspect number one. That is where the simple part of this novel ends. I hate spoilers, and to say any more about the plot would be to give it away. The layers of secrets and twists do not stop until the last sentence of this book. I cannot even begin to describe the twisted and demented thoughts of the characters in this book. Knowing that there are people in this world who are like the characters in this book, or even worse, will keep you up at night. It is also not hard to empathize with these characters, which is truly frightening.

This novel truly gave me fits. I could not put it down, yet I was afraid to read it too fast, as I did not want it to end. Throughout I just kept screaming to myself, “what happened, where did everything go wrong?!” Not only did I want to know what happened with the disappearance, but where did everything go wrong in the marriage? This is really the heart of the story. The idea that we never really know another person, what they think, what they feel, what they are capable of… This idea is what truly drives this story. If you read a book and it changes the way you look at things, the way you feel, this is when you know you have read something amazing.

The writing in this novel is absolutely fantastic. The set-up and reveal of everything is truly a work of art. How the writer is able to have you loving and then loathing a character with just one turn of a page is pure genius. Every line in this book is vital to the plot, there is no filler, every detail is truly important in the end. Oh and what an ending it is! After getting through everything you start to think perhaps there will be some sort of resolution, we are given the biggest holy shit are you kidding me? moment I have ever read. I have seen some complaints about the ending, but you will see that there really is no other way to have ended what is quite possibly one of the most sick and twisted books I have ever read. (And I mean that in the BEST possible way!)

I will be reading Ms. Flynn’s other novels just as soon as I can. I feel that she will prove to be one of the best writers of our time.

5 stars and a nice bottle of Moscato for this dark, heavy read. My mind is still blown!


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