Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Summary: 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.
Summary from book, cover art from indiebound.org


My Review: The story begins on the day of Nick and Amy's 5th wedding anniversary. Nick is working at the bar he owns with his twin sister when he receives a call informing him that his front door is wide open. He rushes home to find his living room ransacked and his wife missing. A police investigation determines that the crime scene has been fabricated, yet traces of Amy's blood are found in the kitchen. Something awful has clearly happened to Amy. As the mystery unravels details of Nick and Amy's faltering marriage emerge. Nick maintains his innocence but the public has turned against him. The arrival of Amy's parents, who exploited her life from childhood by writing a series of Amazing Amy books, seem to only complicate matters. Mix in the Amazing Amy stalkers and the whodunit becomes even less clear.

As you open this book be prepared to be tricked time and time again. This novel offers one convincing twist after another. The frustration will only encourage more late, late nights of reading as this mystery demands to be solved. And even when solved there are additional twists. I haven't enjoyed a mystery this much for years. I found it all-together captivating. My one complaint is that the author provides information about one character that could have served well in the ending of the book and yet fails to revisit it. Had this clue been brought up again the ending would have turned out much differently, which is the other aspect I disliked. The very end of the book felt like the author had run out of steam. It just didn't feel quite complete, or perhaps just not in the matter that I wanted it to be complete. For fear of giving too much away I will conclude here. I urge all mystery fans to go pick up this title ASAP. Flynn's other books are also quite riveting.

My Rating: 4.5 stars, the end and lack of tying ALL the clues together made this one fall just short of a 5

To Sum it Up: I was completely deceived time and time again, and enjoyed every minute of it!

Sensitive Readers: Swearing, violence, and sexual situations that occur throughout.

1 comment:

Amit Agarwal said...

I was apprehensive about the book...having read all other reviews...like' c'mon, it can't be that shocking can it? But it is...it seriously really is...
Every story does have two sides to it....two very sick twisted and shocking sides...

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