Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted December 15, 2017 by Amber in Reviews / 7 Comments

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Publisher: Crown on May 24, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Target Age Group: Adult
Rating: ★★★★

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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?


The Story:

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 World:

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.

The Characters:

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.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★ 1/2
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Narrator: ★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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7 responses to “Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    • Amber

      I REALLY REALLY liked it. It’s soooo interesting getting into their heads. The pacing is really slow in the first half but just stick it out, so worth it. 😀

  1. I’m glad you loved this! To be honest, I don’t think I can read this as I may have watched the movie when it first came out (and it was really good and twisty! And hence why I would get bored by the book, I think). I should read some of the author’s other books though!

    So, I’m guess you haven’t watched the movie yet? Will you even knowing all the plot twists?

    • Amber

      Actually, yes! I sat my husband down last night and made him watch the movie with me. Honestly? I was SO SO SO disappointed in it. The book has so much more shock and the reasoning behind the ending is a bit different and yet so much worse. I’m glad I didn’t watch the movie when it came out so the book was that much fresher. I think I would still recommend it as long as you are a bit fuzzy on the exactly events in the movie (otherwise it could be boring) because the depth of the first person writing and slowly seeing Amy’s transformation (instead of basically knowing it from the first scene) is AMAZING. For the first half of the book, you like Amy.

    • Amber

      Sharp Objects was the other one of hers that caught my interest – I had no idea it was being turned into a TV series!