GONE GIRL: A NOVEL
Author: Gillian Flynn
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Format: E-Book, Print
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Recommended Reading: AGE+ 18
Contains no spoilers
THE GIST: Nick and Amy Dunne appear to have a wonderful life. A Barbie and Ken looking couple, both successful writers, living the dream in New York City. Or so you are lead to believe. You learn the intricate details of how they met, fell in love, got married; their trials and tribulations during a five-year marriage, as well as their family backgrounds, and all in the first half of the book. To top it off, the author writes in both Nick and Amy Dunne’s point of view – alternating from chapter to chapter. You constantly need to remind your brain, which POV you just read.
SYNOPSIS: 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?
THE LOWDOWN: This book is the monster of all emotional roller coasters rides. The difference between this book and a real ride is you usually have excitement and anticipation coursing through your veins as you make you way up to the top, right before the big plunge. But this ride was a slow, painful climb and I barely made it through the first half of the book because it’s opening was such a snoozer, riddled with so many details and background on the characters. The saying “devils in the details” certainly applies to the first half of this book. So much so that I caught myself skimming through the pages.
Just when I almost gave up on it, I got to the big twist, which kicks off the second half of the book. This was where I got pretty excited, because it quickly become clear why the author tortures you with all those details. Plus, the story picks up the pace. Those twists, turn into the who/what/where behind the disappearance of Amy Dunne. And just when you think you’ve reached the climax (and I don’t mean a hot, wet, awesome climax) the book ends in yet another twist.
And I was PISSED! So much so that I wanted to throw my precious kindle against the wall (of course I didn’t kill the messenger. 😉 )
I really wanted to like this book. If Reese Witherspoon fought to buy the movie rights, it’s got to be good, right? The author is an excellent writer and her ability to craft and create such intricate details is amazing. I just wasn’t satisfied with it and I hated the ending. Absolutely 100% hated it with every fiber in my body. So much so, that at one point, I wished I could get all of those hours I spent reading, back.
But here’s the thing. I can’t stop talking about it and I ask every single creature that I come into contact with, if they read it. I crave to hear people’s feedback because this story is so different from any other book I have read. In my opinion, you either love it, or hate it. And even though I only gave it 3 stars, I still think everyone should give it a try.
I would love to hear your feedback!