Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Edition Published April 22nd 2014 by Broadway Books
Goodreads description: 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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I honestly don’t know what to say about this book.

It is amazing. There’s no doubt about that.

But it’s also depressing, and confusing, and a little bit scary. Actually, very scary.

The plot is most easily described as clever. Interesting. But not interesting in the I -don’t-know-how-else-to-describe-it way. It was actually, really, truthfully interesting. Mind-boggling, even. I really don’t know how Gillian thought of all of these twists and turns and the thrills that make this book a great thriller – she honestly has an outstanding mind to be able to piece everything together the way she did – and then explain it all to the reader.

The characters are not exactly likeable. Both of them certainly have almost-likeable qualities, but neither of them are actually people I could relate to (in the slightest) or be friends with. But saying this, the actual character building was outstanding. I could literally see inside both Nick and Amy’s heads. And – even though maybe not completely – understand Nick’s actions. Amy was slightly too far gone (see what I did there?) for me, but Nick, I could slightly understand.

The writing is where Gillian completely excells. There is absolutely no flaws in her descriptions, character building, typography, settings, explanations, speech. Nothing. The writing is what made me like this book.

Something I liked has to be the thought processes in Amy’s mind. Although completely outrageous and even disgusting in some places, the writing is astonishing.

Something I disliked is the ending. In a way, it is absolutely perfect for this sick, twisted but amazing book. But it just didn’t appeal to me. It just didn’t seem right – it was almost like (spoilers) Nick and Amy had come completely full circle. Maybe I just viewed it in the wrong way, but that’s how it seemed to me.

My rating is…


4 out of 5 moons

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books!


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