Release Date: June 5, 2012
Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Random House/Crown
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
This book was nothing like what I expected. I expected a typical murder mystery, and this novel far exceeded my expectations.
It is thrilling. It is disturbing. It is insane. It is dark and twisted. It is awesome.
I will rave about this book for years to come.
The best part? It kept me guessing. There was nothing predictable about this story and that will always always make me rave about a story.
The first part of the novel is told through alternating perspectives – those of Nick in real time and then Amy’s diary entries from the past 7 years. The rest of the book is also told from alternate POVs, but to reveal any more than that would be a huge spoiler – so I won’t. Suffice it to say, the big twist of the story happens after the first third of the book – a nice change from those big plot twists that happen at the end of stories.
Bottom line: read this book, especially if you like a psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes. And remember – what you think you know is rarely the truth of the matter.