Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Review | Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Review | Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn" class="ubb-image alignleft">Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published by Crown on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Marriage can be a real killer. 

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. 

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.

What I Thought. . . 

I was gone for Gone Girl after the first page. Gillian Flynn well established her ability to weave smart, witty, keep you riveted novels with Sharp Objects and Dark Places. I would venture to say that Gone Girl further surpasses those novels, and firmly roots itself as king of the mountain. 
Flynn spins an elaborate fast paced plot that is delightfully dark and a completely guilt free way to participate in the sinful shenanigans of Nick and Amy Dunne. Amy is missing and presumed dead and Nick finds himself at the center of an investigation. We navigate between Nick’s point of view and Amy’s journal pages to witness the de-evolution of a marriage and the birth of a crime that the reader is dying to figure out. 
I was wowed by the intelligent prose and completely snared by this sexy thriller from start to finish. I am only glad that I read this book after my own divorce, because Amy Dunne acts upon the baser urges that lesser, more dignified mortals dream of. She is woman, and you will be hypnotized by her roar. 

5 out of 5 stars! 

Happy reading! 

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4 Responses to “Review | Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn”

  1. Tina

    Glad to hear this is as good as everyone says! I’m really looking forward to reading it. I love a good mystery/thriller but I just haven’t had a lot of luck recently. Hope this one will turn it around!
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