Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Everyone has seen enough true-crime shows to know that the husband is almost always the prime suspect when their spouse disappears. So when Nick’s wife, Amy, goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary, suspicion quickly surrounds the man who is acting erratically. As the investigation gets going, more and more evidence is unearthed to paint Nick in a not-so-great light. Despite all the bad press, Nick maintains his innocence but with a lack of proof, what is everyone supposed to believe?

Beginning from the day she disappears, the narrative flips back and forth between Nick’s POV and Amy’s diary entries. I really enjoyed this storytelling style. It gave the reader just enough information to pique their interest and more would be revealed with the other side being told; a “he said/she said”, if you will. This allowed the reader to constantly keep changing their theories, what they think happened and what the motives were. Just when you might get a sense of the truth, the other account will completely contradict it. The more we got to find out about this Manhattan couple that’s been relocated to Missouri, the more I found my sympathies jumping back and forth between the two. Like they say, there are always two sides to every story.

While I heard many things about this book – that it was crazy, filled with twists & turns and keeps you guessing till the shocking ending – I actually wasn’t familiar with what the actual premise was, and I was pleasantly surprised. I love a good crime mystery read and Flynn achieves this really well in Gone Girl. That being said, maybe I’ve seen too many Dateline episodes but I honestly guessed where it was going from about 1/3 of the way through… and boy was I mad at myself that I’d analyzed it so much that I figured it out so early on. The ending, while shocking, was also equally infuriating to me. I refused to accept that that was the end! So my advice? Don’t over-think this very twisted read and just enjoy the journey… take it as it’s being laid out for you and let the characters in the story solve the mystery for you.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5 stars)
Available: June 5, 2012
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  1. Awesome review! I think I would do the same thing and figure it out early. I can’t help myself I just do that. I don’t mean to, but once the gears start turning that’s it lol!! This really does sound like a fantastic book though.
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  2. I think your advice is great advice. Sometimes when there is a lot of buzz about a book and we go in “expecting” it to end or be written a certain way, it can take away from the whole experience.

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  3. That ending really bugged me too… I read it on my Nook, and was convinced that the ebook must have cut off the last couple pages by mistake or something, haha.
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  4. Glad to hear this is as good as everyone says! I’m really looking forward to reading it. I love a good mystery/thriller but I just haven’t had a lot of luck recently. Hope this one will turn it around!
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  5. I’m happy to hear that this book deserves the hype it gets. I love mystery books. I like the advice of not thinking too much about what is happening, I’m always disappointed when I figure things out early on. I’m really excited for this one!!
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  6. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I guessed where it was going too early in the book, but I still found it gripping. And I’m not sure about the ending either; sometimes I think of it and I think it’s brilliant, and others I feel a bit cheated :-/
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  7. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one!! I’ve had the book since it came out (LOVE Gillian Flynn) but I really need to find the time to squeeze it in. I love shocking stories! Awesome review.

    If you haven’t read Gillian Flynn’s first two books, I recommend it, but my favorite of the two is the second, Dark Places. SO good.
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