Gone Girl ~ Gillian Flynn

  • Title: Gone Girl 
  • Author: Gillian Flynn
  • Genre: Fiction/Dark Fiction
  • Source: Kindle
  • Reviewed by: Mark, Guest Reviewer
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Description:  Marriage can be a real killer.

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

Review:  A book most if not all have heard of, but I never miss a chance to talk about it, so I am going to spout off on it now. This is one of the coolest novels I have ever read, or perhaps will ever read. The kind that makes you wonder how the author can walk about normal society with these kind of disturbed thoughts in her head.

Why did I love it? Such a unique and wonderful use of untrustworthy narrators. Nothing cooler than ending a chapter where a character talks to the police with the line, “and that was my fifth lie?” Huh? Well, which five were the lies?

But this is only the beginning. You’re in for a roller coaster that works on so many levels. The murder mystery by itself would make it enough, but the novel speaks to marriage and relationships’ tendencies to cling to the sickest parts of each other. The toxic ties that bind and keep us together and the resulting resentments we share like an unwanted spawn. I’m reminded of a lesser known novel, Mr. Peanut, and the phrase “Marriage is one long double homicide.”

The novel addresses the way we experience all of our existence either through the media, or by referencing back to a movie version of our reality, and if you look closer, you’ll see enough Oedipal references to write your thesis.

Real word horror. I couldn’t sleep, I kept hearing the words, “Play nice Nick.”

I’ve loved many novels where I understood why other folks don’t love them, but not this one. To me, this is an easy across the board recommendation to any reader as a must read. (of course, looking at the reviews for those fighting to be Kings and Queens of the contrarians, you’ll see otherwise.)

Six out of Five Stars, and I have set out a treasure hunt for Gillian Flynn to follow, the last clue is her meeting me at Starbucks for coffee, or she can just visit my blog and autograph (comment on) my post.

~Mark is the author of Stray and The Jade Rabbit and blogs at Running, Writing, and Chasing the Dragon

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