Friday, June 13, 2014

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Book Review

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown Publisher
Published Date: June 5th, 2012
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
eBook, 432 pages
Source: Bought

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?

 Flynn is a brilliant writer. I think that much is obvious in the way she warps words and phrases so eloquently. 

Okay, so the book starts off fairly slowly but I think it's intentional because every word, every phrase, every paragraph is timed perfectly and used efficiently.

I think I bit my nails down to the nub for the first half of the book and for about another half I had my mouth open. Everything timed perfectly for just the right amount of shock value. The story is a world wind, a tornado, and I was caught up in it, with my hands in the air. 

With that being said I have to say I was thoroughly disappointed with the ending. It just felt so--wrong. I hate to say incomplete because not all stories need a HEA but it just felt wrong, like I'd been wronged. I'm left with so many unanswered questions and what-if scenarios playing in my head like a movie reel. I'll always wonder what should have been.

I can easily see how this one became as big as it did but I'm not as excited about this one as I had thought I would be, and that's sort of a shame.


  1. I always hate it when the ending ruins a book. I love the way Gillian Flynn writes though so I really want to read this one. With the movie coming out soon, I'm super excited! Lovely review Jazmen. :D