Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book takes fatal attraction to a whole new level.

Nick and Amy Dunne have been married for five years when suddenly she’s gone…..no explanation, no note, nothing.  She is simply gone.

Nick does what any sane man would do when his wife ends up missing….he calls the police. When the police come out, they quickly notice that things aren’t adding up. There are signs of a struggle and there are holes in Nick’s story and timeline.

Suddenly Nick finds himself as the prime suspect in Amy’s disappearance.

The evidence is pretty damning and in the court of public opinion….he’s more than guilty of the disappearance if not murder. But is he really?

Nick maintains his innocents but he does have something to hide…..a secret that if revealed could ruin him. But is the secret motivation enough for murder?

As the evidence against Nick mounts, he admits he was a less than perfect husband but that doesn’t make him guilty of a disappearance or a possible murder.

But before long even Nick has to agree, the evidence looks bad. He swears he is innocent but it’s hard to deny how the circumstances look.

If he is truly innocent then what happened to Amy? Where is she? Why is she gone? Who took her? Is she dead? Is she alive? Is Nick involved?

The only thing we know for sure is that Amy, is gone.

Talk about a mind-f*ck of a book. This book was creepy and thrilling in so many ways. The concept of the book was innovative yet familiar. It reminded me of a more modern version of fatal attraction but yet there was a spin that author Gillian Flynn brought to the book that really made its uniqueness shine through.

The alternating POVs moved the story alone nicely and kept things exciting. I thought it worked well for the story in general and I loved that at times Amy was an unreliable narrator, that alone created such a huge influence on the tone of the novel….spell binding.

Though there were a lot of things I liked, there we some things that didn’t work well for me. I didn’t like that it took so long to get to the truly suspenseful parts. I felt like the entire first half of the novel could have been condensed into 30% rather than 50% before things started getting really crazy. The first half read more like a true crime/mystery novel rather than a thriller.

The second half was all thrills, chills, and a psychological cluster f*ck that it more than made up for the first half of the book though.

The other thing that I bothered me about the book was the ending. I didn’t feel like the ending lived up to the hype of the book. For me it was anticlimactic…I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I’ll just leave it at that.

The novel reminded me so much of a classic noir film…..gritty characters of moral ambiguity,one transgression that spirals out of control that brings on hysteria and paranoia,a femme fatale that will blow your mind, the femme fatale vs the ‘good girl’…..a very hardboiled novel to say the least!

I can’t say that I really liked either of the characters at all….they did nothing to invoke my sympathy but yet there were qualities about them that I admired. As psycho as Amy was, you had to admire her resolve and her brain….SMART…..to smart and ruthless–a deadly combo. And Nick….well he was just so stupid that you kinda had to feel sorry for him.

In some ways I didn’t think the book lived up to the hype that it’s been getting but I did enjoy it and thought it was a worthwhile read. If you are looking for a book that will surprise you and make you think twice about how well you know your spouse or significant other….pick this book up! It’s a creep-tastic read!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  • Hardcover, US, 415 pages
  • Published June 5th 2012 by Crown (first published 2012)
  • ISBN 0307588364 (ISBN13: 9780307588364)
  • Review copy provided by: NA (my own library)

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4 out of 5 (a creep-tastic read)

Genre: Thriller, mystery, contempo lit

Memorable lines/quotes:

Give me a man with a little fight in him, a man who calls me on my bullshit (but who also kind of likes my bullshit).

If you’re about to do something and you want to know if it’s a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see.

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  1. I keep picking this up at the library and putting it down. I’ll have to get them next time.

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  2. The ending is what made this book great for me. I am STILL feeling uncomfortable about the ending. Like WHOA. I don’t want to say too much and spoil it for first-time readers, but Amy is one scary chick.

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  3. I didn’t think it lived up to the hype at all. I enjoyed it enough. But feel that the voices are too similar and it I agree it was anti-climactic.
    If you’re interested- here’s my take: http://wellreadfish.blogspot.com/2012/10/gone-girl.html

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    • Yes I agree….I enjoyed it but wasn’t sure it lived up to the hype either. I mean there has been so much buzz about the novel so I was expecting something more I guess. Thanks for the link, I’ll have to check it out 🙂

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  4. I liked it, but didn’t feel it lived up to the hype. It also made me loathe humanity a bit. It was good, but it is kind of hard to love a book where there is literally no one to care about in it…

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