“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn {book review}

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First of all, I just registered for the Best Body Bootcamp by Tina Reale and I am super duper excited! I need an extra kick in the butt and this is perfect. I totally love doing programs and I love how inexpensive hers is! Plus I’ve heard many good things about it so I already cannot wait till October 22nd! Should be good!


Now onto the book review:

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn – book description from Amazon:

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.

I finally caught up with the trend and finished reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. It was not an easy feat, I might have to add. Well, first of all – the first part of the book was not engaging enough for me. It was interesting and the whole story was flowing pretty well, with the wife going missing and the reader slowly learning more about more about her case as well as the faults of the husband. Instead of being more intrigued as the book went on, however, I became more annoyed with both characters. I was actually ready to just stop reading at the end of part 1. But then I went on the train for 45 minutes and decided to read more… Well, the 2nd part is where it finally got good. The plot thickened considerably and you realized you were getting mind-fucked (pardon my French). I liked this twist in the storyline, it was unexpectant. One thing I hate in mystery books is being able to predict what will happen next – this was most absolutely not the case with “Gone Girl.”

While the plot kept getting thicker, I was still annoyed with the characters. None of them were lovable or relatable. The flow seemed a little forced as well. The book was missing that “personality”, that personable quality that would make me feel attached and eager to continue reading. I didn’t really want to keep reading but I kept going anyway just to see what happens (in case my opinion changes by the end, some books have that effect on me). I managed to read the second half of the book in one day (because it was due that same day in the library). I was pleased that it got more interesting and how original the story was and how unique the plot and unexpectant the twists and developments were. I was not very impressed with the book overall though; it did not leave me satisfied, I did not sit there after finishing thinking to myself “Boy, that was a good book!” Instead I looked at it and thought “well that’s over” and just kept on living my life.

Side note: I think the book would make an awesome movie though.

Rating: 3/5

Last Updated on March 29, 2019

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  1. I’m sorry the book wasn’t more amazing, but at least it wasn’t awful. I was thinking of reading that one, but I’m a little short on time at the moment.

    Good luck with bootcamp. I’m excited to hear your thoughts.

  2. Yay! So glad you’ll be joining. 🙂

    And I really want to read Gone Girl!

  3. Oh man you’ve really put a bug in my ear about this bootcamp…It’s like immediately after I move to LA and seems incredibly serendipitous…

  4. Good luck with boot camp! I’ve heard such good things about it 🙂

    I actually have Gone Girl at my house, I have yet to read it though

    • Let me know when you read it, I’d love to hear your opinion of it too. Especially since mine seems to drastically (well, maybe not drastically) different from others’.

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