Book Info: Mystery, HC 432 pg, borrowed Kindle edition from the library
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
I found Gone Girl to be a pretty addictive mystery. It’s the first book I’ve read by Gillian Flynn, who’s known for her dark thrillers. This is one of the most hyped books of the summer and I caved in and dropped my name onto the library waiting list. All I knew about the book is that it had some surprising twists, and once I heard that I tried to remain as spoiler free as possible, and avoiding reviews. I never guess plot twists correctly but I wanted to go into the book blind and see if I could figure it out. The plot is pretty dark and twisted and I had a hard time putting it down and read it at every opportunity.
Gone Girl at its core is about Amy and Nick’s dysfunctional marriage. Amy suddenly vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary, and Nick being the husband is the chief suspect in her disappearance. The book is told through both Amy and Nick’s perspectives, and Nick covers the present day while Amy’s diary entries provide a glimpse of the past and what led them to this point. The reader is in the dark about what has happened to Amy and if she’s alive or dead. The tricky part is that the narrators are of the unreliable sort so it’s hard to decipher what to believe and if Nick is telling the truth.
I felt a detachment while reading the book mainly I think because the characters are so reprehensible and so it was difficult to connect with them. Flynn keeps you guessing throughout by introducing new evidence throughout so that one-minute you’re sympathetic towards Nick and the next you’re switching sides. After awhile I didn’t know what to believe and so I just enjoyed the ride and watched the events unfold with a strange fascination, prepared for anything to happen.
Though there is a big twist in the book, there are several gotchas in the course of the novel that caught me off guard. The first half is about the unraveling marriage and getting to know Nick and Amy. The second half is where things get really dark and twisty and spiral out of control. This is the part that kept me up late reading and wanting to talk about the twist with someone.
The twist and the ending did not turn out the way I expected, but it was really good and satisfying in a horror film kind of way. I couldn’t help but wonder who would be cast in the film version of Gone Girl, and I hope it translates well to the big screen. If you’ve read the book, who is in your dream cast? I’m looking forward to catching up on Flynn’s other two books sometime, especially if they are anything like Gone Girl. This was a great book to get lost in this summer and recommended to fans of suspenseful thrillers.
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