Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review - Gone Girl

This book was recommended to me by my best friend, Meag. I was initially interested in this book since a movie was made from it, starring Ben Affleck. Then Meag told me it was really good, so I had to dive in and find out for myself. 
Here is one official synopsis from Amazon:
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. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that 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 and 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 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?   
From a psychological standpoint, this book is incredible. The husband and wife are both psychos, so I get quite the giggle out of this "marriage". Reminds me of people I used to know.  This book captivated me from the very beginning. I remember thinking to myself "holy shit, this is so great!" And then there would be a massive twist and I would read on for hours on the new tangent. I would have to agree with most of the reviews out there, Gillian Flynn really does have a flare for the dramatics. However, having raved about the book, I was incredibly disappointed with the ending. I really needed it to go in a different direction, with a more satisfying end for all of the characters. I feel like Flynn touched on several different scenarios, only to drop them and just end the book. So in that respect, I hope the movie has a different ending. Overall, though, I would still recommend this book. It's a psychological thriller at its finest.

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