Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Contemporary – Mystery
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?
I was both impressed and disappointed with Gone Girl. The first half was so dragging and boring that I had to force myself to keep on reading a few times. It was all about the painfully slow unmasking of Nick’s dirty secrets and the rather dull investigation of Amy’s disappearance.
On the other hand, the second part was exciting, intriguing, and wicked. As soon as that unpredictable plot twist happened, the book changed and I couldn’t put it down. There was danger, mystery, and twisted character revelations. It completely caught me off guard. I was not expecting that turn of events – it wasn’t even in my list of what I think would have happened.
I wasn’t particularly a big fan of Nick. He wasn’t the usual emotionally damaged dominating male character (hint: Christian Grey), he was the weak kind. He had this intense need to please people and to give them what they want. I didn’t find myself liking him and I didn’t even feel sorry for him at all.
As for Amy, she’s also damaged – probably not just emotionally but her whole personality. She was one controlling sociopath. Although she was what people would usually say a crazy psycho b*tch who went out to destroy lives just because she wasn’t getting the attention she wants from Nick anymore, there was something about her that made me like her. Maybe it was the crazy psycho b*tch in me or maybe it was just because of her refreshingly different personality, I will never know.
This wasn’t a book I’d read again or even recommend to a lot of people. This is the type of book that only a handful of readers might like. I would have given it a higher rating if it wasn’t for the dull and boring first half, but that’s just my opinion. Give it a try and tell me what you think!
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