Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review: "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

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?

My Thoughts (This will be brief because I don't want to give ANY spoilers): All I can say is WTF? This was one of the craziest books I have ever read.  I have never read a book that made me want to keep reading like this one did despite the fact that I didn't love the story.  I honestly was bored for about the first hundred pages and was about ready to give up when things start to get crazy.  After that, there were just enough twists and turns to make me want to plow through despite hating the characters.  I thoroughly disliked both Nick and Amy; they were two of the most messed up characters I have ever come across.  When I finished this book, all I could think was that Gone Girl was one of the most completely effed up stories I have ever read.  I didn't hate this book; it was incredibly smart and well-written but it just kind of felt like I had my mind screwed with for several hundred pages.  If you are looking for something entirely unique and don't mind a lot of craziness, you should check this book out.  3 stars.

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