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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl is an adult novel, which is outside the normal for me, at least on this blog. 99% of what I review on here is YA, but I've seen and heard so much about this book that I decided to check it out. It was also the winner of the Best Mystery and Thriller 2012 award on Goodreads. So, clearly someone thinks it's good.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?

What I Liked: 1) I loved the way this was written. Written like diary entries that recap the day or part of the day that Nick has experienced. I think it was the best way for the reader to get into the book and to piece together the details of what has been happening. 2) Amy. The missing wife. It's hard for me to explain her without giving a huge part of the book away, but I thought her character was great. (For those of you who've read it, I didn't think she was a great in a "I want to be like her" kind of way. Great in a "she made the story really interesting" kind of way.) 3) The mystery and suspense. My family is really into crime shows, so we watch a lot of those. I always enjoy the ones where we (the viewers) know more about what is going on than the characters in the show. So I liked that aspect of the story. Since we got several different perspectives in the book, not just Nick's, the readers get information that Nick doesn't get, or that the police don't have. Instead of the reader having to wait for the police to solve whatever crime this is, we can make our own conclusions. It makes me feel smart when I can solve it (before the fictional characters). Wow, I have some high standards, don't I? Being smarter than fictional people. 4) The crazy, insane ending. This ending makes the whole book worth it. Again, I won't say much to avoid giving anything away, but I was fascinated.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall Thoughts: If you like mystery, step outside your YA comfort zone to give this one a read. It definitely deserves the awards it has won. Gillian Flynn has a gift for throwing curves at you that you never expect and for pulling together a fascinating story with a killer ending. I'm keeping her on my list of authors to watch!

My Rating: 5 shots

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I have a copy of this on my Kindle. I'm looking forward to reading it sometime this year.

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

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