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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?


10 thoughts on “Gone Girl

  1. says:

    3 12 starsThis is going to be a hard review to write because I feel so conflicted about my final rating and just how much I actually liked this book For one thing I think the second half is a big improvement on the first half and though this is my least favourite book by Ms Flynn I can see in some ways why other reviewers see this as her strongest workLet me ask this uestion is it possible to be objective when writing a book review? Can a book ever be objectively good even though some people might not enjoy it so much? To use uite an extreme example I really struggled to read Proust's Swann's Way and can't say I enjoyed it but that doesn't make it a bad book Surely I cannot begin to claim that Proust is anything other than a literary genius? I wouldn't want to try I don't think I need to tell you that Flynn is not uite Proust But some of the same old ideas kept popping into my head while I was reading Gone Girl because I think this is the book that most showcases Flynn's talent for writing And for exploring the dark depths of psychology Sharp Objects and Dark Places are wild gritty nasty books that pull you in engage you and poison your mind You don't devour them they devour you I read both of Flynn's previous novels in a day or two Unlike Gone Girl which I tried to read about five times and gave up then when I finally came back to it I took a week to get through it To put it in perspective I read War and Peace in the same time it took me to read Flynn's latest workBut it's good isn't it? How can I not praise a book that so cleverly pulls apart the minds of a husband and wife? In terms of writing creativity originality this is her best work to date In terms of enjoyment I struggled a lot Gone Girl is much slower than Flynn's first two novels which is both a strength and a weakness It allows for a slow cleverly painted picture to build up of this marriage and its many secrets of Amy and Nick's state of mind It is intense and brilliant But I think it all comes down to the fact that I didn't care much about the background story of the couple's financial hardship I think this is why I found the parts where they whine about how awful their life is moving from a huge house in New York to a slightly smaller one in Missouri uite tedious I am used to Ms Flynn giving me the dregs of society the lowlifes and the majorly troubled giving me characters with genuine reasons to complain about life Spoilt rich people do not pull at my heartstrings But objectively this is a really great bookThe trolls have started descending on this review because I got the house sizes mixed up apparently the house in Missouri was bigger how this makes a difference other than to further prove my point I do not know I'm very sorry if I have influenced you to readnot read this book with false house size informationBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr


  2. says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerI am giving Gone Girl 3 stars but only begrudgingly In my mind any book that takes me 3 months and 20 different tries to read is not worth 3 i liked it on Goodreads stars especially a book written by an author I already respect And I am not kidding for me the first half of Gone Girl was a PURE TORTURE to readAmy Dunn disappears on the day of her 5th wedding anniversary All gradually uncovered evidence suggests that her husband Nick is somehow involved Did he kill her? Was she kidnapped? What happened to Amy? One thing is clear Nick and Amy's marriage wasn't as perfect as everybody thoughtThe first part of the novel is all about the investigation into Amy's disappearance slow unraveling of Nick's dirty secrets reminiscing about the troubled history of Nick and Amy's marriage as told in Amy's hidden diary I strained and strained my brain trying to understand why this chunk of Gone Girl had no appeal to me whatsoever The only answer I have is this I am really not into reading about rich white people's problems You want to whine to me about your dwindling trust fund? Losing your cushy New York job? Moving south and only renting a mansion there? Being unhappy because you have too much free time on your hands and you are used to only work as a hobby? You want to make fun of your lowly un posh neighbors and their casseroles? Well I am not interested I'd rather read about someone not necessarily likable but at least worthy of my empathy not waste my time on self centered spoiled pathetic people who don't know what real problems are Granted characters in Flynn's previous novels Sharp Objects and Dark Places are pretty pathetic and and at times revolting too but I always felt some strange empathy towards them not annoyance and boredom like I felt reading about Amy and Nick's marriage woesBut then second part with its wicked twist changed everything The story became much exciting dangerous and deranged The main characters revealed sides to them that were uite shocking and VERY entertaining I thought the Gillian Flynn I knew before finally unleashed her talent for writing utterly unlikable and crafty women THEN I got invested in the story THEN I caredWas it too little too late though? I think it was Something needed to be done to make Gone Girl a better read Make it shorter? Cut out first part completely? I don't know But because of my uneven experience with this novel I won't be able to recommend Gone Girl as readily as I did Flynn's earlier novels even though I think this horror marriage story it's not a true mystery IMO has some brilliantly written psycho goodness in it and an absolutely messed up ending that many loathed but I LOVED I wish it didn't take so much time and patience to get to all of that


  3. says:

    AMY DUNNEI am Amy I’m so perfect you may want to puke It’s okay I have that effect on everyone even my parents They noticed I was so perfect when I was a little girl and so they wrote some vastly popular children’s books called The Adventures of Amazing Amy You may have been given them to read in school and you may have puked on them I am so self regarding I can’t pass a mirror without congratulating it that it’s reflecting me and not somebody else I forgot to mention that I have a perfect figure and everybody wants to be my friend I lived in New York but because I got let go now I have to live with my husband in one of those other states I forgot its nameNICK DUNNEI am Nick husband of Amy I am a six foot something book reading slab of pure thinking woman’s hunkaceousness Is that a word? Hey it is now I got let go from my job in New York as a writer – yeah I know And now I got let go from the job of Amy’s husband because she’s disappearedP BRYANTWhy am I reading this?OFF STAGE VOICEIs it because you like to read popular thrillers from time to time to curry favour with the voters of your obsessional booky website?P BRYANTWell reallyAMY DUNNEI love NickNICK DUNNEI love AmyAMY DUNNEAlthough he can be a bastard at times NICK DUNNEAlthough she can be a stuck up bloodyminded princess most of the timeAMY DUNNEI hate NickNICK DUNNEI hate AmyP BRYANTPass me the sick bagNICK DUNNEWhere is Amy? Oh where oh where can she be? Did I say she like just disappeared and shit? It’s why this book is called GONE GIRL and not THE REALLY IRRITATING COUPLEP BRYANTI don’t care where Amy Dunne has gone If she’s never heard from again that’s okay with me But for what it’s worth I have a few theories1 Kidnapped by aliens Although you’d have thought they’d have thrown her straight back2 She’s had plastic surgery and is now the middle Madonna Vogue era in a Madonna tribute band3 Nick killed her even if he says he didn’t the liar And ate her 4 Amy killed Nick and is pulling off a fabulous feat of transgender impersonation until page 322 when all will be revealed And ate him5 There never was an Amy So she’s still here Pretty deep that one6 Just like in that Agatha Christie book THEY ALL KILLED HER And ate her It wasn’t chicken in that basketWell I’ll never know But that’s okay


  4. says:

    I'm pretty selective about new releases but Gone Girl's opening about a man studying his wife's skull in bed and uniue alternating POV structure promised a kind of He Said She Said Crimes and Misdemeanors a The Secret History with a sense of humor I did really like the structure along with some of the zingers and some of the saucier images but that's about itFrom the Kushner epigraph to the name checking of Noel Coward on page 68 to the use of Pygmalion as a verb 20 pages after that a synonym for to tidy apparently Flynn signals that she aims to create that most perverse of marriages here a literary beach read Instead of the best of both worlds Gone Girl is the worst of both worlds as pretentious and unnecessarily meta and overwritten as the worst overhyped literary debut and with dialogue and characters as cartoonish and trite and exposition anvil filled as your average suspense hack jobThe absolute most offensive thing about Gone Girl however is how in love with being dark it is It thinks it is so deep so much better than say chick lit because it is about LIFE and DEATH and love as a prison sentence not rings and proposals and love as the solution to everything But in staging itself very Amy like so carefully in opposition to the thing it hates it of course does not rise above chick lit it just becomes psycho chick lit Which may be different I'll give it that but it is not betterThis is not good Do not read this


  5. says:

    This book is such a steaming pile of shit for so many reasons and hands down the worst book I have ever read There is a huge cloud of smug over Gone Girl This was such an unpleasant read that I started taking notes of all the ridiculous parts It also didn't help matters that I figured out the ending before page 100There are lots and lots of f bombs and swearing which says a lot since I cuss like a sailor For me to pick up on that means it's excessive and adds nothing to the story Then there's the issue with our characters The husband is Captain Douchebag and the wife is beyond batshit crazy The story of a missing wife gets so ridiculous and over the top that the ending could only be eually as absurdThings I absolutely loathed about the bookusing The Giving Tree as a verbredneck stereotypes like catfish gigging with dry cat foodrepeated mentions of having the emotional bendsrepeated mentions of characters having a vaginal smellpage 67 where Nick got home just after four a bulb of beer and cigarettes and fried egg odor attached to him a placenta of stinkthe sister's name being Gothe book's smugnessHad I not borrowed the book I would have stabbed the shit out of it with scissorsIf you want to read a book about a miserable married couple read Revolutionary Road The writing is a million times better


  6. says:

    This book was just way too much fun – and I mean that in a good way I’m taking a leisurely drive down the garden path of the story when BAM – right in the middle it makes a u turn and we are on the damn highway doing 90 miles an hour commonly referred to as a plot twist Sweet Mother of MercyThere is not much to say without the risk of giving up some detail that’s best left secret Soooo many time I wanted to just take one little peek at the end to see what happens to Nick and Amy But I didn’t I survived the heart pounding suspense and made it to the end of a very satisfying readI must must must check out books by Ms FlynnSee all my reviews here


  7. says:

    The first person narrative meant being in the thoughts of 2 very sick people the whole book and it left me feeling yucky The author portrayed the minds of sadistic narcissistic sociopaths making it a very dark book And for some reason I actually didn't find anything that happened a surprise That made the story boring which may also have been because I didn't like or care about either of the unrepentant unenlightened and self absorbed characters I just couldn't relate Even getting some background on their families didn't engender any sympathy in me for them It is not a satisfying read because there is no hope for these characters no redemption no justice for those murdered As I said Yucky


  8. says:

    uite simply this is one of the best novels of the year It's a thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and layered with brilliantly written characters; it's the kind of book that's nearly impossible to put down The surprises and twists keep the reader guessing up until the final page and my first thought upon finishing the novel was that I wanted to read it a second time


  9. says:

    COME ONEveryone EVERYONE loves this hateful book? Kind of makes me weep for the future I did not think it was clever as many have asserted just depraved manipulative Also if I ever read the words fucking bitch again it will be too soon


  10. says:

    45I'm never getting married I can't risk this