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Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre:  Thriller, Fiction
Publisher:  Crown Publishing Group
Release Date:  June 5, 2012
Hardcover:  432 pages

Source:  Purchased from Audible.com and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
Buy the Book:  Amazon
Book Description
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.

Review
WOW!  This book was crazy.  I am really going to try and not spoil this one for you.  The story of Nick and "Amazing" Amy marriage is really well written with chapters from each of them.  I am loving this writing style because it gives the reader a chance to see the same situation from two sometimes completely different views.  Amy is "Amazing" Amy because her parents wrote a children's book series about a little girl called Amazing Amy and it was a huge success.  With so many things about Amy's life coming up in the books, Amy was put into the spotlight growing up.  I have to say that Amy is the character that makes you turn the page and think "OMG!  No way!"  Nick starts out as the typical American guy with his typical life and looks.  But one (not saying what) situation changes that and what the reader thinks of him.  
This book is a complete thriller from beginning to end with twist in the plot that you NEVER see coming.  NEVER!  I thought by the middle of the book I knew what was really going on then WHAM!  There is a whole new twist that I didn't see coming.  
I was shocked to end the book not trusting anyone in the novel.  There is no one in the book that seems to be trustworthy, honest or without some kind of agenda.  Most of the books I have read like this there is a superhero, knight in shinny amour, or a good cop at least that you can hold onto throughout the book, but not this one.
It's really hard to talk about this book without spoiling it for you.  But I will say that you have to read it.  This book will not disappoint you at all.  Especially, if you like thrillers. 

Audiobook:  19 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator:  Julia Whelan (Narrator), Kirby Heyborne (Narrator)
I listen to the audiobook at the same time as reading the book.  Julia and Kirby were excellent choices for narrators on this one and they did a great job.  Honestly, I can't imagine anyone else reading the part of Amy but Julia.  She was Amy! 100% though and though.

I didn't give this book a "Love It" because I love GREAT endings.  The ending of Gone Girl was not complete for me.  It just ended.  I want more.  I need some more things to be resolved.  I want more!  Not a sequel more but one more chapter that takes place 3 years from now would have satisfied me completely.   
Reviews by Other Bloggers
Recommendations
I recommend this book to adult readers due to the graphic language and subject matter.

Challenges
This book is number 15 in my Audiobook Reading Challenge
This book is number 20 in my Women's Reading Challenge
This book is number 29 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge
 
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