Review: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

February 14, 2014 Reviews 5 ★★★★½

Review: Gone Girl, Gillian FlynnGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published by Orion on May 2012
Genres: Adult Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 466
Source: My copy
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four-half-stars

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?

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This is going to be very difficult to review without giving some spoilers away, especially since I am bursting to discuss that ending. Luckily, Gone Girl is our Book Club choice for May, so thankfully I will be able to delve into the strange tale to my heart’s content.

This is a story about a marriage. Nick and Amy are a seemingly happily married couple. They are attractive, intelligent and appear to be liked by their friends and neighbours. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary Amy mysteriously disappears and all the clues point to Nick and foul play. It turns out this marriage wasn’t as idyllic as it first seemed.

I couldn’t put this book down, and stayed up way past my bedtime becoming more and more sucked into a rather dysfunctional relationship. Some of the plot twists I guessed early on but that didn’t detract from the story. Reading Gone Girl made me feel a little guilty. I felt like like a voyeur watching both gleefully and horrified as the lives of her neighbours began to unravel.

Sod it!

WARNING: SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!!! DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING TWO PARAGRAPHS UNLESS YOU HATE BEING SHOCKED AND SURPRISED.

This is one messed up, dysfunctional relationship! Not many likeable characters are there? Nick so obviously hated women and yet turned out to be the ‘Good Guy’, while Amy was strong and intelligent but a complete psychopath!! But that was the point wasn’t it?

I was a little disappointed with the ending (although I can see the beauty of letting Amy win) only because I have such an innate sense of justice, and can’t stand someone not getting what he or she deserves. I would have liked to see Amy exposed – but then I suppose, she wouldn’t be Amy.

SPOILER OVER.

Phew, feel better now. Read the book before the movie comes out later this year, staring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris. Apparently Gillian Flynn is rewriting the ending for the movie – so we will all be in for a surprise 😉

four-half-stars – Thrillingly addictive

Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

5 Responses to “Review: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn”

  1. Namita Pramod

    “Always have a backup plan to the backup plan”. This book keeps you in its hold right from the beginning, at times appearing dark, satiric but never unrealistic. Its interesting to see how the readers perception of the husband Nick’s character changes from the beginning throughout the novel. Even more dramatic is Amy’s character. The author doesn’t stop building up momentum till the very end of the novel, raising the bar everytime you think the story has reached its summit. You can be assured the characters have always something up their sleeves whichever point in the story you are. In such novels with twists and turns you may always worry if the author could provide a satisfactory ending, but believe me, it couldnt have been better.
    Its just the kind of book as is commented by someone on its title page,”…you would be asking everyone to read this book, just so that you can discuss it with them”.

  2. Arlinda

    I like your perspective about Nick hating women. I never thought of that before and I have a friend who I like to discuss books with and that side of Nick’s personality never came up. Thanks for the insight.

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