Gone Girl- A Book Review

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

You probably wouldn’t guess that I actually love to read books based on the number of movie reviews I’ve posted.

I had been trying to widen my horizons by looking at Pinerest, a site I had only heard about. While scrolling through the endless number of pins, I stumbled on a “must read” list that had Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl as the number one book to read. Reading the excerpt, I was not necessarily hooked. I kept reading rave reviews about the book and saw that the movie would be premiering the following year. I decided to take the chance.

Here’s the snippet:

“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. 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?

Wow. That’s the word that came to mind when I finished the book.

It took me the weekend to read the book. I was completely enthralled by it. I didn’t want to put it down. For those words to come to my mind with a book, it has to be good.

I don’t, can’t tell you what it is about without giving away the twist. Boy, what a twist. The book is devious. I think I enjoyed it so much because as a person who loves thrillers and mysteries, I imagine this is something I could write- dark and twisted. Flynn develops the characters perfectly. She is descriptive enough to allow the reader to picture the scene without being too wordy or boring. There are not any moments that I thought to myself that the story “needed to pickup”.

If you like a good suspense, a true mystery, a true puzzle- you’ve got to read this book.

I will definitely be reviewing more of Flynn’s books, but the bar has been set high. This was a #1 bestseller, by the way.

Of course, the book is available for purchase from Amazon, B&N, and any other bookstore you frequent. I got mine from the library. The ISBN is 978-0307588371. It has 422 pages.


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