Published: 24th May, 2012
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
From: Purchased from WalMart
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?
What I liked: I’m not a big fan of whodunit? type of books. I’m not a big fan of any type of murder-mystery or thrillers, or anything like that. Do I read them on occasion if the book catches my interest? Of course! I’m a pretty eclectic reader (for the most part) so with the movie that’s come out with this book I decided “Why not check out the book?”. I can thoroughly say after reading this book that it is completely convincing and through in the way the characters are built and shown. This story is crafted so artfully and so delicately that I barely saw the twists coming when they did. Several of them I hadn’t even guessed at that actually shocked me. I’d put off even watching or being in the same vicinity of anyone watching the movie so as not to spoil anything for myself. I’m so glad I did that because if the movie ups the dark tones that this book has then it definitely would have spoiled so much of the book to me. The tones and the way this book built up to everything, especially the questioning of if Nick really did it, was built very well allowing for very little wiggle room. After the first part of the book, the story ends up being even more intense and twisty than I ha expected.
What I didn’t like: The cadence to this story was slow, incredibly slow in the beginning compared to what I’m used to. It took me a while to actually get into the story, repeatedly putting it down and picking it back up up until I hit the second part, where things got even more interesting to me than they had been originally.
Overall Review: Full of twist and turns, Gone Girl is a thrilling novel that I ended up really enjoying. When I guessed a few things, I ended up being wrong. The author certainly knew the best type of twist she could give this book to keep the readers guessing as it went along. I look forward to reading her other books to see how they good are as well!
Recommend?: While I hadn’t know what to expect of the entire book besides what the summary gave me, and the exclamations of a few others who have read the book or seen the movie, I feel like the hype for this books was well deserved. If you like these types of books, or if you’re vying for a story that will surprise you, definitely look into checking this book out!
My Rating: 4.1/5
About the Author
Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. Thus she spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. She has happy memories of having A Wrinkle in Time pried from her hands at the dinner table, and also of seeing Alien, Psycho and Bonnie and Clyde at a questionable age (like, seven). It was a good childhood.
In high-school, she worked strange jobs that required her to do things like wrap and unwrap hams, or dress up as a giant yoghurt cone. A yoghurt cone who wore a tuxedo. Why the tuxedo? It was a question that would haunt her for years.
For college, she headed to the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), where she received her undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.
After a two-year stint writing about human resources for a trade magazine in California, Flynn moved to Chicago. There she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and discovered that she was way too wimpy to make it as a crime reporter.
On the other hand, she was a movie geek with a journalism degree—so she moved to New York City and joined Entertainment Weekly magazine, where she wrote happily for 10 years, visiting film sets around the world (to New Zealand for The Lord of the Rings, to Prague for The Brothers Grimm, to somewhere off the highway in Florida for Jackass: The Movie). During her last four years at EW, Flynn was the TV critic (all-time best TV show: The Wire).
Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. Movie rights have been sold.
Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. Movie rights have been sold, with Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) to direct.
Flynn’s work has been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, their son, and a giant black cat named Roy. In theory she is working on her next novel. In reality she is possibly playing Ms. Pac-Man in her basement lair.