There is one book my wife kept pushing to the top of my To Be Read stack from the minute she started reading it, and it was the same book I kept neglecting to pick up.
I didn’t want to pick it up. And why not?
Everyone else said they loved it, and if there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it’s that when everyone loves something, it’s probably not that great.
If I hadn’t finally read this book, I might still feel that way.
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 was a fast, engaging read. I hated having to put it down, and every time I did, I kept thinking about it. I don’t often agree with all the hype that people dump on certain books or movies, but this one didn’t disappoint. I can see why it has become such a sensation.
I’ve read a few of Gillian Flynn’s other books, and as much as I loved them, I think this one is my favorite. Flynn is a brilliant, entertaining writer. You can tell that she puts a lot of thought into her plots, weaving each thread just so into the intricate web of deceit and horror that keeps these stories going.
What else can I say about Gone Girl?
If you’ve read her work before and liked it, then this is another one to pick up. If you’re new to her work, this would be a great story to start on. I’ll definitely keep watch for her next book.
Run, don’t walk, to get your copy of this book. Even over two years later, I can still remembered what made this book sizzle, and I give it five out of five stars.