Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Random House, LLC, 2012

Description (from the author’s website):

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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 left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured 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 Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)

This is a terrific psychological thriller.  I have just completed it now as the movie is currently in theaters.  While reading, I could not help but picture Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, the husband.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but think casting did a great job.

Right away, about 20% into the story, I thought this really speaks to our times in America, the effects of the dawn of the Internet,  the bursting of the housing bubble and the down turn of the market in 2008.  It is within this backdrop that author, Gillian Flynn writes an extremely suspenseful, witty and entertaining novel.  If you are even slightly inclined to thrillers (who isn’t?), I highly recommend Gone Girl.  It is a page turner for sure.

If you would like to read a great review, here is a link to Diana’s Book of Secrets: Review: Gone Girl.  Even if you’ve read the book, you will still enjoy her review.

For the record, after a double take, I decided I liked the ending.  It just fits the story.

Update:  I saw the movie and enjoyed it.  Casting did a great job.


12 thoughts on “Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn”

  1. Wow Pat, glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much! Okay, I need to give this another try pronto. I read a couple of chapters when it first came out and thought ugh, these main characters are really annoying and unlikeable. Then a whole bunch of bloggers told me that they are supposed to be viewed that way and I should give it another try. I will, maybe get to it later in the month, and I do hope to see the movie since my youngest also wants to go see it, but we just aren’t big movie theater-goers.


  2. Pat!! I LOVED this book. I LOVED Amy (I sometimes wonder what that says about me as a person- since most people hate her- but I can’t help it- she was a fan-freaking-tastic character!

    Great review!


  3. I’m sooo glad you loved it too, Pat! A few of my friends weren’t happy about the ending, but I thought it was perfect – considering! Thanks for linking to my review. =)


  4. Pat
    I am not a big thriller reader so I won’t be reading it or going to see the movie, this is the first review I stopped to read, to check out what all the hype is. Sounds like it was a great read and good to hear the movie lived up to your enjoyment of the book.


  5. I am currently reading the book, can’t wait to get to the end. I also keep picturing Ben Affleck as Nick, that is fun too. Enjoying the book will plan to see the movie next.


  6. I found Sharp Objects a bit too dark for me, but I’ve heard that Gone Girl is pretty different and I do love book to movie adaptations, so I might also pick this up so I can watch the movie afterwards 🙂


  7. It was for me the best book in read this year. Loved it. You are right, it is a great reflection on today’s society (pretty similar here in England) and I loved how the story pulls you along with it. I’m now planning to read her other books.


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