Saturday, December 8, 2012

I Don't Miss You When You're "Gone Girl"

So I was supposed to read this book earlier for the Blogger Book Club, but of course, as with all things, I was running behind. I just finished it a few days ago and all I can say is Wow. It definitely did not go where I expected it to. There are a few really BIG twists towards the end, which I really liked. I'm not going to give away spoilers (for once!), but here's a synopsis of what the book is about from Amazon:

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.

So all in all, I give the book a B+. The story is told from 2 different perspectives - Nick's point of view and then it alternates with Amy's diary entries.  I really enjoyed that because it showed how 2 people, living together, experiencing the same events, can come away with 2 completely different versions of what took place and who said what. 

Some people who read it felt like the big twist was a cop-out, but I honestly didn't feel that way.  I didn't really see it coming at first, but I thought it was a nice change of pace from how books normally tie everything up nice and neat at the end. 

Have you read it? What did you think? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear your opinion! :)

Ciao, lovelies! 


  1. Eeek! this is on my "to read" list. I can't wait to get it. I've heard good and bad things about it but you can't judge a book by what other people say about it. I've read some books that others loved and I hated lol. I'll have to tell you if I like it!

  2. I have not read it, but I will now! Sounds like something I would like. :)

  3. I am reading it now.. I am just about half way through with it and I can't wait to see how it ends! Oh and I just hate predictable endings.. I just love a good twist!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  4. I really enjoyed your thoughts on this book! I don't remember the wording I used to describe the ending, but I know that I have mixed feelings about the way the author ends things. I think it shows a lack of growth and depth in her characters, and I got the sense there for a while that they were, in fact growing. Or at least that Nick was. Oh well. I really couldn't see how she was going to end it, because what kind of ending do you slap on that kind of story? It fit, but I didn't feel satisfied when I was done reading it. If that even makes sense.

  5. I read this and it had me hooked. I loved how the chapters alternated between the two points of view. That made it harder to put down because you wanted to get back to the other person's POV to find out what happened because their last chapter left you hanging. I thought the big twist was good. I DID NOT see that coming AT ALL! But...I didn't like how it ended. I don't know a better way to end it, but that ending had me going "are you kidding me?!?!?" :)

  6. I was supposed to read it for the book club too, but even though I was only 2nd on the hold list I STILL haven't gotten it.

  7. I have had this book in my shopping cart (and online cart) a couple of times but just never bought it. I didn't know there was a blogger book club lol

  8. Hi Mia! I'm stopping by and following your lovely blog from the super sunday sync! :)

  9. I have not read it yet, but I have heard from many people that it is awesome. I think I need to go visit the library!

  10. I'm not going to lie, although you didn't say spoiler alert, I still didn't read this whole post. I will come back to it after I actually read the book! haha. I put it on my Amazon wishlist for my Kindle since I've seen a few other things about this book! :) [Seriously, don't worry. I will come back and read it!!!]


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