Title: Gone Girl written by Gillian Flynn
Genre: Fiction – Suspense, Thriller
Published by Crown Publishing Group
Page count: 444
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #27
There was something really special about Nick and Amy when they first met years ago at a party that instantly sparked a connection between them. Years later while walking the streets of New York they would connect again in what seems like a moment inspired by fate. They soon find themselves married and madly in love. That is…until they aren’t any longer.
Nick comes home one night from the bar he owns to find the front door of his house ajar and his wife missing with tell-tale signs of a struggle present in their home. As the cops investigate into the disappearance we are led through the story of their marriage and how it went from something beautiful and “meant to be” to something dark and tragic. While a myriad of clues point to Nick as the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance, he struggles with his feelings for his wife and his failures in his marriage.
I want to first mention that this book was recommended to me by a friend a few days ago. I had put this on my TBR list awhile ago and then forgot about it in the millions of books that I add to my TBR list every day (lol). I had always been curious about it because I’ve seen the title on the New York Times Bestseller’s list since 2012 so I’ve always wanted to read it. I think I have trouble reading stories about kidnappings and disappearances or any sort of true crime novels. If you notice I haven’t really read any thriller or suspense novels this year. Although I find the stories really interesting and sometimes very cautionary it’s just a hard subject matter for me to wrap my head around because it’s so scary, it’s something that is very real and can happen to anyone, and once again, it’s just really scary.
Also worthy of mention, I love the cover of this book. I love the black and white aspect of the cover and that it doesn’t show a woman’s face or her body I just love that it shows these wisps of blonde hair that appear to be caught in a breeze as if we have just missed that person. It’s thrilling, I think and a little chilling and eerie! Definitely suitable to the contents of the book!
On another note, I loved this book. I loved every minute of it. I just have to say…Wow Gillian Flynn, just wow. I was captivated by this book from the start. It’s definitely one of those “nail biter” books that keeps you guessing, keeps you on the edge of your toes and just really unpredictable to the point where you just want to scream…which is a very good thing in this case.
We receive the story from the perspectives of Nick and Amy, the husband and the wife. Flynn uses a very interesting device here in the wife’s perspective that I won’t mention too much about, other than it features a crazy twist that you definitely won’t see coming and will rock your world. A large part of Amy’s perspective is given in past tense while Nick’s always takes place in the present which does feature a good amount of reminiscing about the past.
Nick was an interesting character for me, I guess Amy was also. I don’t want to reveal the story so I’m not going to talk specifics but we find out a lot of things about Nick that just really had me hating him and feeling bad for his wife. But then we find out things about Amy in a very interesting twist in the story where I started to actually feel bad for Nick so I had these two parts of myself feeling very conflicted about both characters. I couldn’t decide which one I liked and it was interesting to me that even with all his faults and the things he has done I ended up favoring Nick over Amy in their particular situation which is a really messed up one in general.
I thought the whole devolution of their marriage that we witness through the story (and through both of their unique perspectives) was very, very interesting and it was also interesting to compare their marriage with those that we are given information about throughout the story like Amy’s parent’s marriage, her friend Noelle’s marriage and Nick’s parents marriage. I just thought the entire story was super interesting and really, really well written. I can’t compliment the writing of this book enough, there are no complaints on my end, quite the opposite actually.
With my pretty busy schedule as of late, it’s been pretty hard to read a book in even a few sittings but I MADE time to spend a few hours here and there with this book because it was SUPER hard to put it down because all the while I was just excitedly thinking to myself “Oh my god did he do it, no he couldn’t have done it, wait he totally did it, no he couldn’t have, did he?” That was literally my thought process after every chapter for the first like 250 pages. AHHHHH, it was so good. This is definitely a really really good read! If you are into suspense novels or just want a really good read that will keep you on your toes, PICK THIS BOOK UP and then let me know what you think! It was very suspenseful, very psychological…loved it. This is the first book by Gillian Flynn that I have read but I am pretty anxious to read some more now.
Also, my friend did mention a possibility of there being a movie in the works so I Googled it and yes, it is true!!