Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

About the Book
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. As The Washington Post proclaimed, 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 with 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’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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 left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
 
Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured 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.
Review
I have watched enough CSI and Crime Investigation channel to know that when a person goes missing the ending is never pretty.  So in my best Horatio Cane voice and sunglasses, let me tell all you crime lovers out there that is was a great pick number 2 for Boeke!
Gillian Flynn, a TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, certainly knows how to create a glass like shelter of a plot, intricate characters, only to throw you off the wagon of assumption and prediction!
Gone Girl is a great outlay of how we react to people, their behaviours and how they can ultimately deceive us; a sociopathic look into the mind of one person (I won’t tell you who) who seeks revenge...
This was different to any crime read I have read in the past; the characters were people I could relate to (which scared me); the plot not so much a ‘time is against us let’s find the killer’ but more a let’s torture my characters and see how they come out on the other end – let’s not forget the amount of hair lost and wine consumed by the reader to stay sane.
 
Flynn gives you an all-rounder read as characters pop up from the page and shake your hand in greeting and carves out a plot that will have you flop back and say ‘What the hell just happened?’ – This one got the Judges choice vote... Well deserved.
 
See Tamarin du Toit’s review here (again, we differ in many ways with this book), so let us know what you think!
Thanks to Exclusive Books for letting be a part of Boeke this year.
 
 
About the Author







 

Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.
 
 
 
 
Happy Reading
 
 

8 comments:

violininavoid said...

One of the most thrilling books I've ever read. The only problem with it is that immediately afterwards I'm left wondering where I can find another book to do to me what Gone Girl did.

Sugar and Snark said...

Glad you also enjoyed this book! One of my all time favorites :)

Alaska Fishing Lodges said...

Yes! So much love for this review right now Kelly, it took me a while to get into this book too, but it was so definitely worth it, I was left shocked so many times, how did Flynn ever come up with such a brilliant book!

Amit Agarwal said...

I was apprehensive about the book...having read all other reviews...like' c'mon, it can't be that shocking can it? But it is...it seriously really is...
Every story does have two sides to it....two very sick twisted and shocking sides...

Fishing Lodge Alaska said...

Well must read. Especially if there's an unreliable narrator. Love those.

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This was my first taste of Flynn. I was entranced....in part, perhaps, because I am a psychotherapist and found myself nodding repeatedly as she plumbed the depths of human need and darkness.

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Loved all the twists and turns, superb character development with a jaw-dropping ending. Unique story style where two sides of the same story are both told in first person. Gillian Flynn is a terrific writer, I will be sure to read her other works.

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I just started this and I am waiting for the WHAM moment :-) I didn't read the rest of your review since I'm reading it so will have to come back.

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