Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review: Gone Girl

Title Gone Girl

Author Gillian Flynn

Release Date June 5, 2012

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 blew up in 2012 after its release. As it was, I was skeptical to read it. A book's popularity is very polarizing for me. I either must get my hands on it immediately or have absolutely no desire to read it. In the beginning, it was the latter for me. Gone Girl just didn't appeal to me. Then, as has happened to me numerous times before, I saw the movie trailer. The idea of a movie has a way of intriguing me and making me pick up books I otherwise wouldn't have even bothered with (especially if said movie has an interesting trailer). And so, I finally decided to read Gone Girl.

This book was so much better than I thought it would be. Yes, it was the Goodreads Choice Winner of 2012 (Mystery & Thriller), but I read so many negative reviews. I can't count how many times I saw people complain about the ending. So, even though it is an award winning book, I went into it not expecting to be wowed since so many other people were disappointed. Nope! I loved it. It's twisty and full of turns. It's dark and absolutely crazy. It was everything that I love in a mystery/thriller.

And I, for one, liked the ending.


5 out of 5 stars

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