Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is waaaaaay off the path of my usual reading material. A thriller – what??
But it was so good! And gripping! And twisty! And unexpected!
I feel like I can in no way describe what this book is about, so I will quote the cover:
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. 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?
This book takes you through a chilling and frighteningly realistic portrayal of psychopathy and a love story gone wrong. The story is stunningly well written, and the characters deep and developed. It leaves you on the edge of your seat – asking both What happened? and How did we go from here to there? I got so into it and anxious about the story that I had to put down the book a few times. And – I admit it – I peeked ahead at the ending. It was the only way I could finish the book, knowing what direction it was going to take. I’m weird like that. (Yes I enjoy knowing the ending – it decreases my anxiety about what is coming).
If you’re in the mood for a suspense / mystery / thriller then I would highly recommend this one!
5/5 (for it’s genre!)