By: Gillian Flynn
Challenge: RIP VIII
# of pages: 415
Official description: 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.
My opinion: I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I definitely neglected my children at times while reading Gone Girl. The book moved at a good pace and constantly kept my attention. The characters were both likable and unlikable at times. When I wasn't reading the book I'd be wondering "What happened to Amy?" And I started rooting against Nick, hoping he'd "hang for his crime," and changed my mind over time. And can I just say - I know someone who is eerily similar to Amy. I think that made me enjoy the book even more.
I do have to warn readers - this book is full of foul language. It is also fairly sexually graphic. The good parts of the book outweighed the bad in my opinion, but be warned.
And I'm excited that the novel is going to be made into a movie!
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Interesting/unique plot, well-written, complicated characters, lots of language and not so great (as far as morals go) characters.
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