Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

Review: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Published: Crown Publishing June 2012

Synopsis: “‘What are you thinking, Amy? The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?’” Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war..

Status: Read from June 03 to 04, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Crown Publishing/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

I have no idea how to review this book without inadvertently revealing something that will spoil it for a reader, so it may be the shortest review I have written in a while.

After a slightly slow start I was gripped by this chilling, tangled tale of love, hate and revenge. The plot is complex yet startlingly simple on reflection. The twists are incredible, lulled into believing one thing, I actually drew in a breath of shock each time Flynn flipped the direction of the story on its head. Flynn plays brilliantly on our own prejudices about class, marriage, money, domestic violence and infidelity and delves deeply into the psyche of two ordinary yet shocking personalities.

Just as I thought I had a handle on the characters of Amy and Nick, I would be side swiped by a revelation I hadn’t considered. What you think you know about these people, their marriage, their life can never be relied on. Guilt and blame is assigned and then shifted and it isn’t until the end you have any idea where you stand, and even then…

Brilliant and disturbing in equal measure Gone Girl is an engrossing read, don’t be fooled by the brevity of this review – I just don’t want to spoil anything for you! Gone Girl won’t be for everyone, but I found it simply astonishing.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judith
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 15:46:20

    Sounds like a really good read. The plot twists and revelations sound like they’re done “naturally” – sometimes I read books where I feel being tricked by the author because of plot twists but that isn’t the case here?

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  2. Literally Jen (@LiterallyJen)
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 19:40:41

    I agree–very tough to review! I really enjoyed this book. Here’s my review if you are curious: http://www.literallyjen.com/2012/06/book-review-gone-girl-by-gillian-flynn/

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  3. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 20:12:13

    I’m intrigued! Never heard of this title and the less you give away the more it makes me want to read it to find out what happens.

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  4. Angie S.
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 21:29:10

    I have had this on reserve at the library for a few weeks and after your review I am more excited than ever to read it! I am #6 in line out of 20 holds so I have a few more weeks to wait!

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  5. laurelrainsnow
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 23:29:16

    I have had this book on my list for awhile, now; can’t wait to read it. I’m glad you enjoyed it, too.

    I tried to comment on this yesterday, but for some reason, I couldn’t get the commenter box to cooperate! lol

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  6. Teddyree
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 16:24:24

    Thanks for being non-spoilery, still easy to see how taken you were with it. I’m putting this one on my wishlist!!

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  7. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 12:09:19

    This WAS a great book! I added a link to your review into the body of mine! I couldn’t stop thinking about this one while I was reading it – I kept wanting to step away from the desk at work and/or hole myself up in my room at home just so I could get back to it!

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  8. Michael @ Literary Exploration
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 19:37:43

    I’m currently reading this book, it’s going to be hard to review but I love how it sucks you into the story and then throws a curve ball at you

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