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.
That description sounded so good to me and after reading reviews of people loving this book I thought I would love it too. But I guess it's true what they say about us all being different because I liked the book but it definitely wasn't one of my favorites.
It's hard to say what I didn't like about the book without ruining it for everyone reading this review. Maybe I am holding a grudge because it took me until I was about half way through the book before it pulled me in and had me wanting to read more? Or maybe I just felt like there was no justice at the end of it all?
I rated the book 3/5 stars because I liked it overall. About a quarter of the book I really loved because it was packed with some more action and had me excited to see what would happen next. The ending had me thinking, "Womp womp, that's it?!" But despite my feelings about it all I would recommend this book to someone looking for their next read. Maybe they will love it like so many others have!
For those of you that have read Gone Girl, what did you think? Am I the only one that was left feeling a little let down by the way it all ended?