Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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.
I’ve been told that I can be uptight, that things that others enjoy can stress me out. I feel like that’s an important tidbit for how I feel about Gone Girl.
Nick and Amy are supposed to be celebrating their 5-year anniversary when Amy goes missing. A study in the unreliable narrator, the story is told by alternating points of view between Amy’s diary entries and Nick’s experience in trying to figure out where his wife is.
I had been expecting quite the mystery going into Gone Girl, but instead, I feel like it was almost more of a story about marriage. It is not what I would consider a typical thriller and it definitely did shock me. (Though I will admit, when I started feeling not very excited about the story, I started reading reviews to see if anyone else felt the same why. In the process I did spoil some of it for myself.)
Without spoiling the story, I will say that it stressed me out. I found myself getting wound up with what was happening. It is definitely not a read that you find yourself content and relaxed after reading it. I was very grateful that I had my book club to discuss it with, to at the very least vent about it.
I can see why this book got rave reviews and awards. It is cleverly done. The language seems a bit informal, but matches the first person point of view. It is very realistic in its voice and the various flaws and perfections of everyone’s personality. I just don’t think I would read it again.
My rating: 3/5