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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted by Caitie F on April 21, 2013

TItle: Gone GirlGone Girl
Author: GIllian Flynn
Hardcover: 416 pages
Pub Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Crown
Rating: ++++

Summary from publisher:

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?


It took me a while to read this book and it feels like everyone had recommended  it  – from friends and family to fellow bloggers to all of my favorite authors. It may be the most recommended book in the past year!  I will be passing it on to someone else because it really is that good.

But it is not for those who are easily disturbed because the book is quite disturbing. The main characters are terrible, horrible people. I mean they are probably sociopaths. At times, you feel sympathy for one of the other, but they are just both so terrible that you hope bad things happen to them.

Yet somehow, even with hating them, I loved the book because Flynn makes it so suspenseful and intriguing. Her writing is phenomenal and blew me away. I don’t know how she got into these characters heads, but it is really a great journey.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but the ending is disappointing. It would have been a five star book, but the ending changed that.

If you haven’t read this book yet, you really should. it is a fantastic thriller and I look forward to reading Flynn’s other two books.


2 Responses to “Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn”

  1. You nailed this one – I couldn’t stop reading even though I hated the characters.

  2. Caryn said

    It took me a while to get into this one, as well..but in the end, I loved it. It was just so strangely addicting, and I wanted to like the characters even though they were so evil. And the ending was so depressing…

    I can’t wait to see what they do with the movie!

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