>> Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Source: provided by the publisher through NetGalley
The Short Version:
The story of a marriage falling apart takes several surprising turns and is in part suspense thriller and part very very dark comedy.
Why I Read It:
I’ve been a fan of Gillian Flynn ever since I read her first book Sharp Objects. I like the twisty disturbing type of books that she does so well so her ‘next book’ is always on my TBR list.
Because of the way this book plays out and my fear of spoiling anything I’m going to use the publisher’s description:
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?
Gillian Flynn is so good at twisty disturbing intriguing stories that keep you guessing along the way. Who is really telling the truth?
I liked the way that the truth is gradually revealed. At first you get Nick’s side, then you start getting Amy’s diary entries. At this point you’re still unsure of what the real story is and I’m not going to say much more because pretty much anything beyond that is spoilerish.
Gillian Flynn, Chelsea Cain and Mo Hayder are my top three authors who can draw me in to a story that is not for the faint of heart but so well written. This one is not as gruesome as Dark Places which in my opinion is a good thing. It’s much more in the psychologically twisted realm that Sharp Objects was.
I loved the way that Flynn gradually developed this one. Just about the time I thought I’d figured it out, she’d spring another twist on me. As with her other books the characters are not likeable but they are so intriguing I couldn’t resist continuing to turn the pages to see what surprise might be waiting.
It’s the story of a marriage gone bad and revenge in a very twisted way, which is just what I expect and love from Gillian Flynn’s books.
I’ll be eagerly anticipating her next book. This one was good, but I still think Sharp Objects was her best so far. If you haven’t read any of her books please give them a try.