Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Digital Audiobook narrated by Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
Published by Broadway Books on May 24th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Length: 415 pages or 19 hours, 11 minutes
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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?
Amy Elliot Dunne has disappeared. Every shred of evidence points to her husband Nick. The problem? He didn’t do it. Or did he?
This book has two unreliable narrators leading you all over the place and I have so many feelings about this novel. I feel like I’ve been pushed off a building, drawn and quartered, then run over by a steamroller for good measure. Good God, y’all.
The difference between New York City and Missouri in this book is like the difference between happiness and fear. Gillian Flynn uses the world to show the break in Nick and Amy’s relationship. While the world is great and real and well-written, it’s the characters that will really mess with your mind. Nick and Amy tell the story, and it would be just as insane anywhere.
You can’t like either Amy or Nick. You just can’t. You’re being led in circles to hate them both. They are so well written. they are very complicated characters. The book is practically a character study, peeling them back one layer at a time until we see the core. Or we think we see the core.
There is not a single character in this book who is likable. But they are all very interesting. They are flawed and shallow, they wear their truths on their sleeves and it makes the story that much more interesting.
What I think:
I really couldn’t put this book down. At about 50%, I was getting bored, then hit the first major twist and it absolutely took off from there. I kept waiting for things to go the way I wanted them to… and they didn’t! Not at all! I leave this book with a general feeling of rage.
It was such an excellent, dark, twisted book. I will absolutely read more by Gillian Flynn.