Friday, January 17, 2014

Gone Girl

Book 4 of my 2014 Reading Challenge.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Summary (via 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 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 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 Opinion

Despite the fact that I'm one of the last people to read this book (as usual), all I knew about this book before reading it was that it would be dark and everyone I knew loved it.  Most of the time I don't worry too much about spoilers but for this book I managed to avoid all reviews and discussions so I could read it fresh and take the ride everyone else did.
Surprisingly, this book completely lived up to the hype.  It was a complete mindf**k and I couldn't put it down.  I was guessing as I was reading, and I had and discarded two incorrect theories before the big reveal.  I didn't like anyone and the ending was crazy, but I loved this book.

Quote from the Book

"I'm a big fan of the lie of omission."

1 comment:

  1. ahhh loved this one! couldn't stop reading it (literally, i was up until 4am on vacation finishing it)! it's funny though... i didn't like anyone either. that really says something about the author and the plot! hope the movie is good too!