Monday, April 1, 2013

Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
purchased from The Little Read Book
Description from Goodreads:
Marriage can be a real killer.

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?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

My Take:

Gone Girl was one of those book that I couldn't put down until I finished reading it. It is also almost impossible to describe or talk about without giving away major spoilers.

So, how can I discuss the book and not give away too much? I didn't particularly like either of the main characters, yet I couldn't stop reading because I had to find out what happened. The book is narrated by two different characters and  this gives a big shift in the way the reader reacts to the story. I liked how the voice changes and I appreciated the big reaction I had as a reader about half way through the book. Nicely done.

There is so much to talk about once you have read this book; so, go out and read it and then find a friend who has read it too and talk, debate, argue about your reactions to it and about the characters. This is a fun one to discuss.

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