Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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?

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Review:

This was the first book by Gillian Flynn that I bought (although I do have two copies – one print, one e-book). I bought it before the film and hype, but have only just got around to reading it. I will say now that while it was a good read, the ending left me going “huh?”
The book is split into three parts – the build-up, the truth, the ending. I got what had actually happened to Amy right from the word go, saw it coming mile off. I did think it was clever though, and a lot of thought has gone into the plot. There are quite a few twists and turns thrown in, keeping the reader hooked. However, I didn’t feel like I could completely connect with any of the characters. I didn’t like either Amy or Nick, but as it turns out that was possibly what the author wanted – it certainly helps to accept the ending if you are unsympathetic towards them.

And then there is the ending. I didn’t see it coming at all, although I probably should have. It was a bit blah, and I had to re-read the last chapter to make sure I hadn’t missed something. However it makes sense to the storyline.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery but isn’t fussed by HEAs. I wouldn’t call this book a thriller or a chiller, but it certainly hits the psychological description. It’s almost a tragic, f’ed-up romance, but without the love.

Four stars, because it’s well-written and kept me hooked but left me feeling a bit confused.

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