Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Review by Lauren
Source: personal copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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?
Review: I've been a fan of Gillian Flynn since her first book, Sharp Objects, came out. I read it with the online book club I was a part of at the time. Then, when Dark Places was coming out, I was lucky enough to receive a book for review. Then, Flynn comes out with her latest novel, Gone Girl. I bought it the week it came out but because of life and reading all sorts of other books, I just recently sat down to read the book. And here we are...with the film version of Gone Girl being released this October and I'm finding myself even more excited to see it.
As for the actual book, it's probably best if you know as little as possible about Gone Girl before reading it. It's told in parts, through various points of view, and it paints a picture of domestic bliss turned angry...but did it turn violent? That's the ultimate question of course. Nick might not be the best husband, but is he bad enough to kill his wife? I found myself questioning him while I read, as I'm sure most will, because he honestly does not help himself when it comes to certain situations.
Because I said less is better for this book, I won't really say much more. Of course, I did really enjoy this book. Gillian Flynn is one of my favorite authors and I'd recommend her books to anyone who likes darker mysteries. My favorite of her work is still Dark Places, but I can see why so many people have fallen for Gone Girl. It takes a story from the headlines, one we so often see, and mixes it up into a shocking, horrifying read.
Gone Girl- Official Movie Trailer