REVIEW: Gone Girl by, Gillian Flynn

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Synopsis:

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? 

REVIEW:

Ok, .so after all the hype of this book I wasn’t really interested in reading it, even though everyone I know that has, insists I do – it’s right up my alley they say. A murdered wife – a who-dunit with a twist… there’s always a twist though, isn’t there? Otherwise books would just be boring. So, of course after I see the trailer, and Ben Affleck’s killer fucking smile I rethink it. My mom keeps telling me give it a chance, it’s not smutty… but you’ll still like it. She gets me…

And it’s taken me weeks to get through it… and thought is mostly because I’ve been too focused on my own book to read, something hit me today and I told myself I wasn’t going to stop until I finished it. I’ve been having dreams about it and where I’d left off a few days ago, I could tell something big was about to happen…. and so today I stuck it out. I finished the last 40% and even though parts of the first half were hard to get through, skipping pages of description that was unnecessary, the last half of the book hooked me and wouldn’t let me go!

I read Sharp Objects, this wasn’t my first go around with Gillian Flynn, but I couldn’t not get into that book – I finished it – but it was hard. I didn’t like the characters, and I had the whole who-dunit figured out in the first 20% of the book. But this? This is a REAL who-dunit with loads of twists and turns that will leave you wondering what the hell is going on. It was really good and now I see the big deal. I gave it four stars only because I’m not one for over dialogued descriptions… I get bored and find myself sifting through pages, scanning – not reading. hunting out quotations and not really in the story…

So now I can sit in the theater in October and look all smug that I read the book first – but secretly, only because the trailer looked really good and I’m a sucker for David Fincher films. When I read the synopsis I really wanted to write it off like a Scott Peterson rip off, but I was soooo wrong. Husband kills wife – etc… etc… we’ll find her body somewhere through the book floating in the great ole’ Mississppi … but there is way more story than the disappearance of his wife, and the back and forth between narration and his missing wife’s diary is a really great build to a story that will leave your jaw wide open and questioning back to everything you read in the first part of the book.

In a crime story – there are always five different versions of the truth – the who did it, victim, media, society and the truth. And we get it all…. some of it not until the very end…

 

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