Wednesday, 25 February 2015

♥ Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn || Review ♥

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?

I have been desperate to read gone girl for a while now, and even more so since the film came out on dvd. I spied it on the kindle store for about £1 the other day, and i made the choice then and there to read it (i'm late too the party i know!) and wow , it was good - i can see why everyone is obsessed beyond belief.

We meet Nick, its the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, his wife is gone - just gone, the living room is in chaos and she isnt answering her phone. He calmly eventually calls the police and the investigation starts. All fingers point to Nick, and with his mannerisms, its quite easy and quick to make the assumption he is the killer - is he though?

The narrative is told from Nicks POV from the day of the event, and Journal entries from Amy leading up to the event, it flits through time and its best to pay attention to the dates. Its mind bending, and thrilling. Nothing is as simple as it seems, and no one can really be trusted. It doesn't give much away up until the end, its enough to keep the reader tuned in.

I have read another flynn book and this was 100 x better, it was all i wanted it to be and more. The narrative is slow in parts, but soon picks up pace, if you can get past the first chapter you're probably gonna be okay with it.


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.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I still haven't read the book, only watched the movie and loved it.