Monday, April 1, 2013

Book review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Okay, I know I'm like the last person in America to read Gone Girl, but while I was moderately intrigued, because it was so hot, I wanted to wait and see if I could borrow a copy. Surely, with everyone reading this book, there were a lot of copies floating around. And naturally, I did eventually find a free copy!

Because this book was both a super-fast read, and one that will disappear quickly, I'm glad I didn't pay full price. But I enjoyed every minute of it.

Amy Dunne has disappeared on her fifth wedding anniversary and things don't look good for her husband, Nick. They moved to his hometown in Missouri from New York to take care of his sick mother after they both lost their jobs. Amy hadn't been especially happy about the move, but things were going okay, or so it had seemed. As the hunt for Amy continues, evidence seems to built up against Nick and while we also read Amy's journal entries, we readers really start to worry. But then, there's a big twist.

The book was impossible to put down and kept me awake at night. It is a bit queasy for anyone in a relationship, as it's a particularly negative portrayal of relationships. But it was a fun, exciting thriller that would make for a terrific beach read.

I got this copy free for working at the Friends of the Library book sale.


Whitney said...

I loved this book! The outlook on relationships is a bit negative, but when looked at closer it was easy to realize how unrealistic the marrriage was (outside of the Investagation Discovery Channel)

Melissa Sovey said...

I loved this book, too!

It was interesting hearing the comments from both my 90 year old mother and then my 25 year old son after passing it along to both of them. My mom loved the twists and turns but wasn't that shocked by the disturbing relationship. My son, on the other hand, was unnerved!

As soon as I finish Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist (talk about disturbing) I'm on to Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Like you, feeling like the last person in America to read a popular book...

Melissa Sovey said...

Have to add this since I just read a review... a debut novel by A.S.A. Harrison called The Silent Wife is being compared to Gone Girl (one reviewer claims it's better). It will be released in June.