Review | Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

05 October 2013


Publisher: Phoenix
Pages: 412

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? 

I know what you're thinking, 3 stars? Only 3? Yes, only 3. I wanted to love this book, I really did. I got sucked into the hype and decided to buy it for Kindle and give it a go. For me, it really didn't live up to the hype. I didn't hate the book, I just didn't like it, I couldn't connect to any of the characters and I really struggled to want to read it sometimes. I almost gave up a few times too but I kept at it hoping my opinion would change.

I don't normally read these types of books, but after giving Before I Go to Sleep a chance and enjoying it I thought I'd give a similarly themed book a go, hoping I'd love it but I just didn't. I'll admit the premise of the book was interesting and it kept you guessing but it didn't grab me hook, line and sinker as it had with others. I did not see the twist coming and once the truth started coming out it was scary how screwed up one of the characters was. I won't say who because I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't read the book.

The writing of the book was great, I loved the alternate chapters between Nick and Amy's narrative, especially when the book got into Part 2 and you knew more of what was happening.

1 comment:

  1. I hear that it's an acquired taste. I've had this book forever! Don't think I'll be chomping at the bits to read it, though.


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