Suspenseful Sunday: Gone Girl

Posted 29 September, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Suspenseful Sunday: Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published by Ottawa Books on June 1st 2012
Pages: 410

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?

It took me awhile to get around to this book. But true to form – there’s a time for every book, and when the time for this one came, I only wished it had been sooner.

Gillian Flynn is a damned genius. She’s only written three books but they’re all fabulous. All of her works are what I classify as ‘beach reads’, just meaning that they’re easy and fun. You don’t have to sprain your brain the way you do when you’re reading David Foster Wallace or Faulkner. 

But about Gone Girl, I hate the next eight words but:

I don’t want to ruin it for you.
Read it. 
I’m also pretty psyched about the movie. Ben Affleck is much better cast as Nick Dunne rather than Batman. 

April @ The Steadfast Reader


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