Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Adult
Publication date: May 24, 2012
Final rating: ★★★☆ 3.5 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?
“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”
I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to craft a coherent review. I blame it on this book, because after 3 days my brain is still in the blender.
❄︎ the story ❄︎
When Amy Dunne disappears from her home on her fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne becomes the number one suspect. 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?
The first half of the story was meh, but once you hit 52% (Part Two), the action really kicks in. And by action I mean mind-fuckery. Of epic proportions.
One thing I can say is that Gone Girl will leave you on the edge of your seat. You think you know what’s going on but in reality, you’ve barely even scratched the surface. The layers of effed up-ness is never ending.
❄︎ the characters ❄︎
∙ Nick Dunne ∙
“Love makes you want to be a better man. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.”
Well, I sincerely hope not. Because you, Nick, are an asshole.
Where to even begin with this train wreck of a man?
I would have arrested him with 20 minutes of meeting him. That’s how suspicious he was always acting. I understand the he and his wife weren’t going to win any awards for Best Marriage but his behavior couldn’t have been any more damning/idiotic.
“Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it.” *facepalm* this is not how you convince me of your innocence, Nick!
There were so many lies and omissions, you’d think as the reader you’d be able to discern between what was true and what wasn’t since you’re privy to his thoughts but no, he has the nasty habit of being able to lie in his thoughts too. Most of the time, I didn’t know what was real and what was fake.
∙ Amy Dunne ∙
“It was silly but incredibly sweet, these people spending so much energy trying to figure me out.”
Oh, Amy. So much to say and yet, I’d spoil everything.
∙ Everyone else ∙
I can’t say there was a single character that I actually liked, but they were all well developed and contributed to the story perfectly.
❄︎ overall ❄︎
Very interesting and fast-paced once you hit the 50% mark. This is a good, suspenseful mystery that’ll have you thinking and reeling until the very last page. Literally.
Final rating: 3.5 stars
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.
Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.
In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.
Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.