Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publish Date: April 22, 2014
# of Pages: 415
(**Warning: Possible spoilers!**)
(From Goodreads) 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?
Gone Girl is a twisted thriller about a scorned wife, a clueless husband, and a murder that isn’t quite a murder.
I saw this movie shortly after it came out, so I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting myself into. Both Trang and Satou recommended the book to me after I finished Dark Places, so I thought I’d bump the audiobook up on my TBR list–and I’m really glad I did!
Amy in this book is delightfully twisted. She’s a textbook psychopath. She’s got the trappings of beauty, wit, and intelligence. She knows how to make people fall in love with her–she knows what to say, how to act, and how to manipulate people’s emotions. When her husband, Nick, grows distant and starts an affair, Amy’s psychopathic mind kicks into overdrive, and she spends a year curating the perfect murder.
Nick is kind of dopey. Even though he was framed for murder, I still had a hard time feeling bad for him. While Nick could have never predicted marrying a psychopath, he still walks into a lot of bad situations willingly. Amy was the star of this book, in my mind.
The plot was fantastic. I loved bouncing back and forth between Amy and Nick’s perspectives. I also liked that we got to see “good Amy” and “bad Amy”–like a cartoon where you see an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other.
While I still give this book a solid five stars, the ending wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been. The sword of vengeful justice is never swung. I do like the open-endedness, but it still left me thinking, “WHAT?”
I highly recommend the audiobook format of this book. The voice actors for Amy and Nick are stellar. They inject so much life into the book! Check it out!
Have you read the book Gone Girl? How did you think it compared to the movie?
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