Gone Girl

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by Gillian Flynn

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Published June 5, 2012 by Crown

Copy provided by publisher for honest review

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.

My Thoughts:

How well do you really know your spouse? In Gillian Flynn’s hypnotically gripping third novel, the floundering relationship between husband Nick and wife Amy is explored in alternating points of view starting with Nick when Amy goes missing on their five year wedding anniversary. While he quickly becomes the main suspect with his oddly disaffected behavior and less than helpful approach to the search for Amy, you get to know her through entries in a journal from the time Nick and Amy first met up until the time she went missing. Amy’s chapters follow their relationship from their time in New York until Nick is laid off from his writing job, quickly followed by her layoff. When Nick’s mother gets cancer and he decides that they should move to small town Missouri to help his sister take care of her, their already strained relationship starts to become even worse. How much can one marriage take before it breaks?

The first third of the novel really addresses the present day culture of the Nancy Grace witch hunt, where the media skewers the husband in the public eye before he can be charged with any crime or even before a body has been found. With such high profile cases as Drew Peterson’s and the Lisa Stebic dissappearance in the Chicago suburban area where I reside, this book hits much closer to home because I’ve seen all of this on the news on a nightly basis, witnessing the frenzy in the media and public over the search for missing women who are still gone to this day. The character of Nick doesn’t invite the scrutiny on himself while he maintains his innocence, but he doesn’t discourage it when he lies to the cops, goes off to investigate on his own, and even tries to exact a little vigilante justice if necessary. His chapters cover coming home to a house in disarray and a missing wife, to the resulting police investigation leading to his being named the chief suspect by the media and the following media frenzy.

Gone Girl is split into three parts, and the twist right when the first part is over is so unexpected, so devilishly evil that I can’t write too much about it or risk spoiling the book. I will say that Gillian Flynn has written one of the best books with excellent use of unreliable narrators that I’ve ever read. The two different points of view in this book are completely distinct, which is refreshing and so enjoyable to read.

I give this excellent book a five out of five. It’s fast paced and keeps you turning the pages, eager to find out what really happened to Amy. And once you do find out, you want to know why it turned out that way, and maybe even makes you want to shank the evil villian for being so manipulative and ruthless. The one thing that stuck out for me with this book is that in the end, no matter how well you think you know someone, you’ve barely skimmed the surface.

And now for the giveaway. Just fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of Gone Girl. Entries open to the US/Canada only.
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Check out Gillian Flynn’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS: (Thanks, TLC for having me on the tour!)
Tuesday, June 5th:  “That’s Swell!”
Wednesday, June 6th:  Girls Just Reading
Thursday, June 7th:  Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, June 8th:  Raging Bibliomania
Monday, June 11th:  A Bookworm’s World
Wednesday, June 13th:  Stephanie’s Written Word
Thursday, June 14th:  Life in Review
Friday, June 15th:  House of Crime and Mystery
Monday, June 18th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, June 19th:  Lesa’s Book Critiques
Wednesday, June 20th:  Jen’s Book Thoughts
Thursday, June 21st:  Life in the Thumb
Friday, June 22nd:  Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, June 26th:  You’ve GOTTA Read This!
Wednesday, June 27th:  The Broke and the Bookish
Thursday, June 28th:  Chaotic Compendiums
Tuesday, July 3rd:  Twisting the Lens
Thursday, July 5th:  Colloquium
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Ashley 6/7/2012

Great review and thanks for the giveaway! I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now and I’d love to read it :)
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Heather 6/7/2012

Thanks for stopping by, and this is an amazing book. I would run right out and buy a copy, you won’t be dissappointed!
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Annette 6/7/2012

Oh, I so totally agree with you. This was just a pretty good crime novel….until….

The ending was strangely appropriate, I thought. Just posted my review today too.

Great thoughts!
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Heather 6/7/2012

I’m checking out your review right now. And I agree with you about the ending, it fits perfectly and I can’t see it working any other way.
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Evie 6/9/2012

Heather, girl! What an extraordinary review! I am literally DYING to read this book now :) You’re so eloquent and enthusiastic in your review, I seriously got chills! I love how this book sounds, I love all the darker, disturbing undertones of it.. I love that you loved it so much! Can’t wait to read it :) Heading straight to GR to add it to my TBR :) Fingers crossed! Thank you for the contest!
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Heather 6/9/2012

Thanks, Evie! You’re so sweet. I just love Gillian Flynn–all three of her books are must reads in my book. They are all dark and very deep, you definitely must check them out! Thanks for commenting and good luck!
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[...] This was my favorite book that I’ve read this year, hands down. I was very excited to get a finished hardcover signed by Gillian Flynn at BEA. I reviewed Gone Girl on Thursday and you can enter to win a copy of your own by clicking here. [...]

Reading books like this always makes me give my husband odd looks for a few days … I’m sure he doesn’t appreciate it! LOL

This sounds like a creepily fascinating read. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for being on the tour.

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Heather 6/11/2012

Haha, Heather! I can see how this book would make you give your husband the side-eye for a while. As soon as Lisa emailed me about this one, all it took was for me to see the name Gillian Flynn and I was all over it. It could have been her grocery list and I would have read it, LOL!!! Thanks for having me on the tour, I loved, loved, loved this book!
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