“I’m in a foreign land, trying to explain myself, trying to make myself known. Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood.” Pg. 29 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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?
I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars
I am completely blown away by this psychological thriller! This is the first non YA/NA book that I have ever read. I found out about this book after hearing that it was going to be made into a movie. I surprisingly hadn’t heard anything about this book before, but I thought I’d give it a try. And boy was I glad! When I first started the book, I was a little unsure of the direction of where things were going (beginning with Nick’s point of view). However, once I got to the next “chapter” I was intrigued, because it switched to Amy’s perspective. Lately, I have been very interested in books that writes from different perspectives. Gillian Flynn writes this thriller in such a unique way, not only writing from the two characters perspectives, but seeming to write Nick perspective in the present and Amy’s through the past in a diary.
You are absolutely kept on the edge of your seat throughout this novel. As you read, you think that you know a character, but then you are thrown completely off. This novel truly delves into the idea of not really knowing who someone is and what they are about. This was such an intense, dysfunctional, and psychologically thrilling novel and I absolutely recommend anyone to read this novel. I look forward to reading Gillian Flynn’s other novels!
Happy Reading! (or at least good luck when reading this novel)