Monday, May 7, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

by:  Gillian Flynn
published by:  Crown Publishing Group
publish date:  June 5, 2012

Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war...

I'm a huge fangirl of Gillian Flynn.  I discovered her last year and I wanted to go find her and become her worst nightmare demanding her to write more books...NOW!  I didn't (obviously), but maybe some of my persuasive thoughts made it her way, because now we have Gone Girl.  Yay!  It's all the messed up, dark and dirty storytelling we all love from Gillian Flynn.

Gone Girl surpassed my expectations.  It made me a little afraid of my husband.  It made me a little afraid of myself.  Every now and then, one of those "wow, if I really wanted to I could...." thoughts would pop in my head.  It will definitely make you think about marriage and the people close to you.  The smallest little thing can mean so many different things to the other person.

Gone Girl is told from the alternating viewpoints of Nick and Amy.  This a particularly effective method to get the mindset of each character.  One would think this would give too much away, but Flynn is a master setting up her story, only giving away a little bit at a time.

This book was an amazing thrill ride.  I don't want to talk about it too much, because I don't want to give anything away.  If you like mysteries, or thrillers, psychological suspense, whatever...pre-order this book today!  Gone Girl is one of those books that will burrow into the dark places of your brain and stay there and force you to think about it for a long time.


Rita Webb said...

Awesome review. I loved it when you said, "Gone Girl is one of those books that will burrow into the dark places of your brain and stay there and force you to think about it for a long time." I love books that do that to me. I have a huge TBR pile, and I'm not adding anything to it right now. Maybe when I get through some more books, I'll add this one in.

Marce said...

Ok, I was going to download the day it released but I am going to just press the preorder download button now :-)

Great review, I seriously can't wait to read this one. I love the mess with your head thrillers.

Danmark said...

Gone Girl is about the disappearance of Amy Dunne. She was apparently abducted on the morning of her fifth anniversary. Her husband, Nick, is of course a prime suspect (isn't it always the husband?). But even though half of the chapters are told from Nick's perspective, you just can't make up your mind if he's guilty or not. There's definitely something "off" about him. And he does say that he is good at half-truths. And the marriage was on the rocks. So.... guilty or not?

I can't say more without giving too much away. But I will say that this is one of the best dark psychological thrillers I've ever read. And easily the best "unreliable narrator".

Autumn Crochet said...

This is definitely my favorite book of the year so far. I think back on it a lot. It's a messed up book!! In a good way!