On the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne is reported missing by her husband Nick. Amy and Nick moved back to his Midwestern hometown after Nick’s mother became ill. Nick Dunne is the hometown golden boy, who has a lot to lose should he be accused of Amy’s murder. With no alibi for the morning when Amy went missing, and after many days with no word from his wife, people start to get suspicious. Nick is vilified by the media, who are picking through his personal life like a pack of vultures. As they start to dig up some of the skeletons hidden in Nick’s closet, the media becomes convinced he killed Amy. But could Nick really have killed his wife, or are things not quite as they seem?
Gone Girl is a psychological mystery thriller that is top notch! The author has created a wonderfully complex plot with incredibly flawed characters in Amy and Nick Dunne, so much so that when you are reading it’s hard to tell who is telling the truth. The book bounces between Nick’s point of view after Amy is missing and Amy’s side of the story in journal entries from early in their marriage. From the outside their relationship seems like a happy union, but as the clock ticks and Amy is still a missing person, the perfect marriage facade starts to fade. Flynn is a master at deconstructing the human psyche and tying all her plot points together to form a seamless storyline. Add to that an absolutely pitch perfect ending and you have one heck of a thrill ride.
Gone Girl would make an excellent choice for a book club to read, as the dynamics of a failing marriage and the twists and turns of the story will make for a great discussion. If there is one book you should be packing in your beach bag this summer, make sure it’s this one. With a crazy plot that will keep you guessing until virtually the last page, Gone Girl is going to knock your socks off!
I’ve never read any of the author’s other novels, but after this one I will be sure to check out her other two! For more information about the Gillian Flynn, check out her website here. And if I haven’t already convinced you to read Gone Girl, then I would just mention that Flynn’s fluid writing echo’s one of my other favorite mystery writers, Tana French, who by the way has a new book coming out next month! So if you’ve read any of Tana’s other novels and enjoyed them, then I think you are going to love Gone Girl.
The publisher has offered to send a copy of Gone Girl to one lucky winner (US or Canadian residents only – no P.O. Boxes please)! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post (with a valid e-mail address) by 12 noon on SUNDAY, JUNE 17th and I will randomly pick one winner. For an additional chance, tweet this giveaway: Stop by @SWrittenWord 4 a chance to win GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn http://tinyurl.com/7odyhc4 thx to @TLCBookTours @CrownPublishing #giveaway
I’m not the only person who read and reviewed Gone Girl. Check out what these other blogs had to say about the book:
Monday, June 4th: Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
Tuesday, June 5th: “That’s Swell!”
Wednesday, June 6th: Girls Just Reading
Wednesday, June 6th: The Huffington Post Books – Gillian Flynn interview
Thursday, June 7th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, June 11th: A Bookworm’s World
Thursday, June 14th: Life in Review
Friday, June 15th: House of Crime and Mystery
Monday, June 18th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, June 19th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Wednesday, June 20th: Jen’s Book Thoughts
Thursday, June 21st: Life in the Thumb
Friday, June 22nd: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, June 26th: You’ve GOTTA Read This!
Wednesday, June 27th: The Broke and the Bookish
Thursday, June 28th: Chaotic Compendiums
Tuesday, July 3rd: Twisting the Lens
Thursday, July 5th: Colloquium
TBD: Raging Bibliomania