December 11, 2012

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 24, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBookstore 

Marriage can be a real killer.

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?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark 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.

Finally! After 2 months of waiting I finally got to read GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn! After a dry run with Dark Places I knew I had to read GONE GIRL. I like GFlynn's brand of macabre and now I understand why GONE GIRL is a constant fixture on most bestselling book list for the longest time because the story is twisted and mind blowing in it's intricate plotting and mystery under a seemingly simple facade.

I'm honestly at a loss as to how I can gush about this book and convince you to give it a try without revealing any spoilers. The main plot and twist lies on a detail that encompass the story as a whole.  If I reveal too much I will diminish the effect of the shitbricks GFlynn will dump on you by a hundred fold and I don't want to do that, I want you to experience every moment of torture I had reading this book. Like me, I want you to pull out your hair in exasperation and shake your head til you pull a tendon over the lunacies and devious devices one particular character hatched just to teach someone a lesson. So I apologize for my selfishness and this vague review I'm about to deliver to you. 
I am a cheating, weak-spined, woman-fearing coward, and I am the hero of your story
The story goes like this: You have a seemingly happy couple about to celebrate their 5th year anniversary and next thing we know the wife, Amy, is missing, allegedly kidnapped and the husband, Nick, is the prime suspect. While the police are investigating the case, Nick slowly goes through the annual anniversary Treasure Hunt that Amy made. At first glance things seem benign, sweet even as Amy tries to rekindle the passionate fires of their marriage but as the clues lead up to the final treasure, Nick realizes that there's more to the story than meets the eye. Turns out he underestimated Amy's brilliant mind and the depth of her resentment towards him because of the country life he somehow made her live in suburban Missouri.
I wanted him to finally say something, do something. Even if it’s bad, even if it’s the worst, do something, Nick. Don’t leave me here like a ghost.
Like Dark Places GONE GIRL is twisted and will knock your socks off with its cold, guiltless and unapologetic vengeance but instead of serial killers we have a story about love gone wrong that will rival my true-crime guilty pleasure, Snapped. The first half of the book got me really confused with Nick and Amy's romance history because I signed up for a romantic suspense story and not a contemporary romance novel. I guess I spoke too soon because next thing I know the players switched places and the succeeding events had my eyes bulging out of my head because of the brilliant and unbelievable twist GFlynn served. It's about 60% into the story that you'll understand that nothing is what it seems, multiple meanings apply to a gesture and the villain is a frickin' psychopath!
Wicked, wicked girl. I almost laughed. Good Lord, I hated her, but you had to admire the bitch.
What I got in the end was a story about perfect murder, cheating and a severe case of insanity. I pity one of the main characters in the end for getting stuck in such a sucky situation. The conflict might be shallow and typical but the resolution was stinky and dirty as a ball players sweaty gym socks. The worst part is there doesn't seem to be a way to get out of it alive. The ending was unbelievable! Justice was served but not in the way you might expect, the punishment is more severe than a prison sentence and there doesn't seem to be closure or any HEA ever. So I can't say I was left hanging but GONE GIRL seriously messed me up. And I LOVED it.


  1. Braine, I ADORED ADORED LOVED LOVED "Dark Places" I am about to read "Sharp Things" then I'll do "Gone GIrl".
    Gilly is my breakthrough Author of 2012!
    I have a serious "girly-author-crush" on her! If the moniker didn't exist before I am making it so now.
    I should copyright cuz I love the cute little "C" in a circle ;)
    Thanks for the killer review makes me more excited to read GG now.
    My Optician was reading it when I got my eye exam in October. She could barely wait for my exam to finish so she could get back to it.

    Bella's Bookshelf

    1. ME TOO! The girl is HOT and smart, obviously... and also scary. Such ugly things coming out of that pretty head of hers. You should definitely copyright that moniker and do a girl crush feature on her. Looking forward to reading your review on SHARP THINGS.

  2. Oooh. Great review, Braine! Eek. Okay. This one definitely seems interesting enough. I'm adding it to my TBR pile now. Hopefully I'll get a chance to read it soon :) This just might be the first Romantic Suspense book I'll read.


    1. Romantic Suspense is my new genre nowadays. I like scary stories only this time I was real people terrifying me and not creatures that goes bump in the dark. LOL

  3. Oh, phew! I just bought this for my grandma for Christmas (with the hopes of borrowing once she has read it)

    Glad to know it's a winner :)

    1. Oh yay! You should interview your grandma about what she things about the book and publish the review. Yeah you should make time for it, it didn't top bestselling list for weeks for nothing. She delivered!

  4. I've been curious about this one. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Sounds like something I would love.

    1. I think you will, she's not afraid to explore the dark side of our psyche and she plays it up real well. Really addicting.

  5. I'm still waiting to read this book! I think I might just save reading it until the new year even though your review has me wanting to read it even more! Great review :D
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Make time of it Miss Kimberly, it's really good and because of the twist and turns, you'll breeze through it easily.

  6. Yay you eventually got your hands on it! I loved the twisty darkness, and you're spot on with that ending!

  7. This one seriously messed me up too! I could not believe all that happened and then that end!!!


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