Thursday, October 4, 2012
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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
I picked up this book because it is part of the brand new book club my friend Nikki and I started. I got the recommendation from my friend Angela who said she loved it. My friend Cody read it and thought it was good. So why not? I typically stick to New Age and YA - with a vampire thrown in there. But I can step out of my box every now and then.
Gone Girl is definitely that book that makes you think the author is slightly off her rocker, but in a completely good way. It took me about 50 pages to get into the book. Then she started dropping kill chapter cliffhangers and then she would switch POV and I would have to wait to see what happened. She sucked me in. Right in.
The story is about a marriage, a broken one, and the disappearance of the wife. You get to read Amy's POV before she was kidnapped. You get to read Nick's POV after the murder. It's kind of like that phrase "all roads lead to Rome."
A driving force in this books is - what actually happened to Amy? Well you find out and you're reaction will be: Huh? Are you kidding?
It's twisted and true and well thought. There is a character in the book that is psychologically damaged and one who is an idiot. There's a lot to be said about this book - a lot of great things but I can't give anything away because there is a domino effect in the works if I spill any beans. It was a great book.