GONE GIRL by Gillian FlynnGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published by Broadway Books on August 26th 2014
Pages: 560
Length: 19 hours, 11 minutes
Genres: Fiction, General, Media Tie-In, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thrillers
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The #1 New York Times BestsellerOn 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?

Reading time 3 mins

I haven’t seen the movie yet. I like to wait for movies to come to video, so I can enjoy them from the comfort of home. Gone Girl was such a great, addictive, mind-fucking read. I can’t wait to see Ben Affleck play Nick and Rosemond Pike is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses out there today, so I am sure she will pull Amy off brilliantly.

This story starts with Nick at work. He and his twin sister own a bar (his wife, Amy, paid for the bar, but she doesn’t work). Nick gets a call that his door is wide open at home. When Nick arrives home, he finds his wife is missing. Amy’s disappearance becomes national news due to the fact that she is a sort of celebrity. Her parents used her namesake for a series of young adult books called Amazing Amy when she was growing up, and those books made her famous. The story jumps between Nick’s current POV, to Amy’s diary, and then to her current POV. Right away we get that Nick is lying, he is withholding facts, but not why. This story unfolds and we see Nick and Amy for who they really are, and it is really fucking frightening.

I never thought for a minute that Nick killed his wife. I was convinced he didn’t because I grew to like him. I thought he was the hero. I liked Amy, too. I wanted her to come home and not be damaged by whatever sick fucker was holding her. If you read this book, (or saw the movie), you can see how gullible I am. Keep that in mind in future dealings with me. I fall for every trick. I am not the sharpest tool in the shed. I am not upset that I wasn’t right, the author made this enjoyable for me. I know why they made it a movie, I just don’t see how. I just don’t see how we are going to understand the characters on screen the way the book allows us to. The motives and lies probably won’t come across so skillfully.

The reviews I have read for this haven’t always been glowing, but I knew I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie. I am so very glad I did. I finished this book over two short days, that included cleaning the house and shopping trips. I couldn’t put this read out of my mind. If you haven’t read this book and you enjoy a good thriller, you need to get this book. Read it before you see the movie. The book is always better. I guarantee there will be things missing from the movie. This book was written in such a great way, I was hooked by the third page. I didn’t want to miss a thing. I fell for every trick. I loved the twists. The characters were really unpredictable. This was a great thriller.

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About the 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.

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