Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Part 1: From The Book Cover
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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?
Part 2: Recommendation
I was motivated to read this book because I didn't want to see the movie without having read the book first (I still have not seen the movie and I'm not sure if I ever will). For a thriller, the pacing is slower than I had anticipated, both Nick and Amy are not to my liking and Amy is definitely psychotic and very dark. Gone Girl is so dark and twisted, it's brilliant in that sense. I just wish that the book ended with justice served but it didn't.
If you like dark fiction at a slow pace with a sad ending, this book should be on your list. If not, you can just watch the movie (or not) and move on.
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