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Thursday, January 10, 2013

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn~ Sophisticated and Dark!

Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

   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?

   With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
Published by:  Crown Publishing Group
Pages:  432
Genre:  General Fiction/Contemporary
You may wish to purchase here:  Barnes & Noble  or here Amazon
GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dark Places, which was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice; and the Dagger Award winner Sharp Objects, which was an Edgar nominee for Best First novel, a BookSense pick, and a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. Her work has been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Well, it took me long enough!  I've been waiting for months to get a time slot to read this book which has stood the book world on its ear this past year.  Actually, I was afraid it would be slightly anticlimactic after all the hype...but it didn't turn out to be so.  I wasn't expecting the depth and the grit.  I knew Gillian Flynn from her other two dark and delicious books, "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places," so I had some idea that the book would be a winner, but it was an utter shocker!
This novel has such psychological depth, turns of plot and character development that it would take a week to touch all the bases, and we wouldn't want to...it would give away such yummy surprises.
So, I'm going to just tell you that I thought the book was everything you've heard about it and more.
Nick and Amy, the married pair who form the story, are so finely drawn and so diabolical it made me shutter at times.  I was reminded of that person I have encountered a time or two in my life who has done some really evil trick and has come out of it all with perfect deniability...leaving others to suffer in the wake of their plots and plans.  There are people like that; those who can think one step ahead of others and leave a perfectly reasonable trail to show their innocence when they've set out to harm another...  Tough to catch such a person.  This book reminded me often of Scott Peterson and Lacy.  Do you remember the famous murder trial?
Gillian Flynn is a brilliant writer.  It was like walking around inside the mind of a sociopath to read this book!  I had the impression from other reviews that it would be light reading.  I didn't find it to be that at all.  It's sophisticated and deep.  There's much to think about in terms of human relationships and personal compulsions, and what drives people and relationships. 
It's a magnificent achievement, this book.
"Gone Girl" is simply one of those books that will stick with a reader forever.  It's a book I could read again, and I rarely say that about anything I've read.  I'm tempted to buy my friends copies so we can talk about it together.  This is a book that will have you laughing out loud, "humpfing" with anger or disgust, clapping in agreement and shaking your head...all sorts of emotions will cross your mind.
Before 2013 is gone...read "Gone Girl."  It's a must.
5++ stars             Deborah/TheBookishDame



I'm worried about all the hype too. My book club has selected this book for sometime this year so I should be reading it soon.

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To put it simply, I enjoyed this book. I will say that I was disappointed in the ending. I wanted more from the husband, I wanted him to stand up and put an end to this chick. I need a part two!

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