Friday, January 18, 2013

Gone Girl

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Book Synopsis:

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. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that 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 and 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 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.
From the publisher

I've heard so much about this book and it was been recommended to me by several people.  I was very anxious to read it.  Boy, was I disappointed when I started to read the book.  The beginning is quite slow and Flynn does not give you enough information to want to keep reading.  I did keep reading because I hoped the book would get better, after all it is quite a popular book.  She also does not make either of her main characters likable.  I greatly disliked them (detested might be a better way to describe how I felt about Nick and Amy!)  Actually, I didn't think most of the characters were likable.  I liked Nick's mother but I think that was it.  There is a major twist in the book but one that I thought was predictable or else the story wouldn't have gone anywhere!  I thought the twist made the characters even less likable.  Another reason that I disliked the book was that the book was filled with gratuitous obscenities and it was quite vulgar.  The middle and end of the book are better reads than the beginning but the end of the book leaves you hanging and in my mind was just horrible.  The characters were so messed up that the ending seemed horribly unbelievable and just left me disgusted.  I have to admit that mystery thrillers are not a genre that I pick up that often so perhaps this book appeals more to people who like mystery thrillers.   The book was a quick read regardless of all the things I mentioned above and it did hook me at times but I resented the fact that it hooked me with how detestable the characters were!  Not a book I would recommend.
Rating: 1 stars

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