Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Love thrillers with a twist? Love murder mysteries that keep you guessing? Perhaps you will enjoy Gone Girl?!

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From Goodreads: “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?”

 

Gone Girl follows the alternating point of views of the two main characters: Nick and Amy. It jumps between “present day Nick” and “diary entry Amy” and their relationship before and during her disappearance. This book had me guessing from the very first chapter who her killer was and I was completely wrong! The shocking twist at the end really MADE this book.

I had a hard time believing the validity of the main characters. Nick, Amy, and the others introduced throughout the story were very unlikable and unbelievable. Their spoken word seemed as if it were coming from a much younger age group. Believing that these characters are in their 30s and dealing with adult situations while talking like teenagers kind of threw me off. Flynn’s writing is nothing to get excited about but the need she instills in the reader to determine who “did it” is strong. Putting aside my annoyance with the characters, I devoured the book whole as I desperately needed to find out the truth. And that truth was well worth the struggle! I haven’t read many murder mystery stories but I found this ending to be quite original and a major surprise! Who would’ve thought!

Gone Girl is an easy read. Perfect for the beach or a rainy day indoors when all you want is pure entertainment!

Rating – 3.5/5

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