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.
As you know, I prefer YA, and when I do read outside my genre it’s usually not suspense. But….I’ve heard so many good things about this book and my friend has been on me for months to read this book. So, I found myself with an extra week on my hands and no particular book that just had to be read and reviewed, so I decided to give this one a shot.
And oh Mylanta, I’m so glad I did.
The book is told from two points of view. Nick, the husband, and Amy’s journal entries, the missing wife. The journal entries are from the past and Nick’s narrative is being told in the present, and as the story progresses, the two meet up.
The thing I found most interesting how completely different Amy and their marriage was painted between what Nick had to say and what Amy had written. It was almost as if they were talking about two entirely different people.
About a quarter of the way through came the first twist. Then, half way into the book, an even bigger twist came. I mean, both of these were completely out of the blue and had me stunned. I had about five working theories as to what happened and how the book was going to end—all very plausible, and I’m happy to say that one of my theories was right.
But I had only scratched the surface. The twist and depth that Flynn put on the story I never could have imagined by myself. The dysfunction in the relationships and the complete twistedness of the characters is fantastic. If you want a read that will drag you along and have you coming up for air, this is the one for you.