Book Spotlight: GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

About the Book: Adult Contemporary Thriller


Source: Goodreads

Hardcover: 422 pages

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Release Date: June 5, 2012


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? (Source: Goodreads)

About the Author:

Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University. (Source: Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Riveting, compelling, and deceiving…yes, deceiving. This book was hard to put down. Gone Girl takes you on an emotional, thrilling ride where you think you know and understand what’s happening until the author turns your perspective upside down and you’re left confused and dazed and emotionally bewildered. In a good way. This book made me teary-eyed and sympathetic to a particular character’s point-of-view when bam! I literally gasped out loud while reading (no spoilers from me, so it’s kind of hard to explain, but anyway) when a major plot twist was revealed. The thing about this book is that you soon realize nothing’s black or white–the characters exist in varying hues of gray, morally-speaking that is, and while the antagonist seems inherently evil, the protagonist is no saint, either.

The ending does not satisfy a happily-ever-after outlook, but it totally makes sense for the book and knowing what the characters are like. Well-written and engaging, I enjoyed Gone Girl and I’m sure to look for Ms. Flynn’s other books for future reads.


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