|Title: Gone Girl|
Author: Gillian Flynn
Published: 2012 by Broadway Books
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Synopsis: 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 is definitely one of the most talked about books of the moment. With the movie having just come out people are scrambling to read it before they see the movie, enjoying the movie so much they pick up the book, or talking about how they read it ages ago! It has indeed been in my TBR for ages but I didn't quite get to it yet (you know how that goes). One of my bookish friends has been trying to get me to read it but when I told her I was just going to see the movie first she informed me that with this book, that was a bad idea. So I bit the bullet and read the book.
I will say however that I wasn't entirely satisfied with the ending. It was actually kind of frustrating. Throughout most of the book I did predict at least a part of the twists (including what I would call the major reveal) but I was still shocked and entertained when it was revealed. Until the end. After all that build up things left in a way that felt to me like it was anticlimactic. I'm not even entirely sure what the climax was and what the falling action was. I've already said that I really enjoyed the plotting, which made the lack of a satisfying ending all the more frustrating. But what was mostly annoying is that I had built this understanding of one character in particular and part of their actions and decisions made sense but then they seemed to mentally change. I was invested in them as one way and then it was if they flipped a switch and became the opposite of how I had known them to be and it came at a time where they needed to stay the same.
Two days later I'm still not entirely sure I have come to terms with everything that happened in this book. I do know one thing for sure, it was fun ride and a good read. I really enjoyed a book that walked the line between mystery and psychological thriller with complex and interesting characters. And my friend was right, I probably wouldn't have read the book if I had seen the movie first if I had seen to movie first. But now I am really excited to go see the movie to see how it translates.
I give Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 8.5 out of 10