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Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn




Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Genre: Adult (Contemporary Thriller)
Date Published: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Crown

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?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a very hard book to review because everything I want to talk about is also a spoiler. This story is told from both Nick and Amy's point of view. I have to say Nick's perspective was pretty boring. I found myself day dreaming more when it was his perspective. Amy was interesting. Amy's missing, so we see her point of view through her diaries. I think that every woman out there can relate to Amy on some level. She says a lot of what you may think and never say out loud.

There's not much more I can say without giving things away, and you really need to experience the book for yourself. So, I'll mention the movie. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it more than the book, which is crazy, but true. It cut out a lot of the fluff and the pacing was so much better.

All in all, I'd recommend this book. It will keep you on your toes.

author
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

To learn more about Gillian Flynn and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

1 comment :

  1. I loved Gone Girl! The book was much better than the film as usual!x

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