Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Monday, June 4, 2012

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 427
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (Random House)
Pub. Date: June 5, 2012


Wow! I decided to read this after hearing some early buzz about how great and twisted it is and am so glad I did it. Gone Girl was crazy in all types of ways. It started off fairly basic enough (in terms of mystery/thrillers). Nick Dunne's wife, Amy, disappears on the their fifth wedding anniversary. When Nick gets home, he sees the living room a mess and the furniture overturned. As the investigation progresses, the evidence against Nick begins piling up. Nick fails to have an alibi; and though he could provide them with some more information, Nick finds himself lying and/or omitting information as well which adds to the presumption of guilt. Further hurting Nick's case is the fact that his and Amy's marriage hasn't been the best and rather than a day of celebration, the day is more of a tense evaluation for them of where their marriage is headed.

The story alternates Nick's present day narration of the investigation with Amy's diary entries from the time they meet up until she disappears. Amy's diary entries chronicle a marriage that was falling apart and that may provide some clues into what's happened to her. In the meantime, the public and the media vilify Nick, camping out in his yard and and at his work. They judge his every move and his every facial expression at the press conferences.

I don't very often find myself having to be vague about the plot or themes, but this is truly one of those books that I can't fill you in on much. What I can say is that it's crazy, and when you think it's crazy enough, it becomes a whole 'nother kind of crazy. There are some themes in here even though it is a mystery and a thriller of sorts, one of the prominent ones being marriage and what challenges can quickly abound. It's also a testament to how our backgrounds can shape who we become or who we choose to become. It's insane and un-put-downable. This is a MUST read!!

13 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

Totally agree with you on this one...it was completely INSANE! In the best way. I went into it cold, so I really didn't know which way was up at times. This is going to be the summer book to read.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I just finished this too, and my response was also Wow!

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I don't usually read thrillers but you have me interested in this one. I always love a good surprise!

Linda said...

I've read her other books and found them enjoyable. I'm looking forward to picking this one up. Great post!

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I love mystery/thriller books, and this one sounds interesting with the idea that it adds in Amy's journal entries. These kind of books are hard to write a lot about without giving things away.

Ti said...

You've piqued my interest for sure. I love all kinds of crazy.

Jenners said...

I love Gillian Flynn's books and I have this on preorder and you now reminded me I should have it tomorrow! YAY!

nomadreader said...

I finished this one last night and LOVED it. It was so intense and disturbing and all around awesome. I have no idea how I'll review it, but I'm also eager to now read Flynn's two earlier novels, which I've had for years.

Jennifer said...

Ok I want to read this now!!! I must add it to my wish list! I love crazy!:)

Amy said...

This book sounds fantastic! I've seen it on a few blogs and websites but yours is the first review I've read. I enjoy literary thrillers and this one sounds top notch! It sounds like it has a lot of twits and turns, many unexpected!

This is a terrific review! Thank you!

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

YES!!!! I'm so excited you enjoyed it. I loved it, as I have with all of her books. Such twisted darkness, I couldn't put it down.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Totally agree!! They were both totally messed up but yet I could not stop reading it!!

Hyacinth Marius said...

This is one of the better books I have read lately. Great character development. The author has you drawn to and then away from the characters in such good fashion.

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