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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Marriage can be a real killer.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.”Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

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."


YOU HAVE TO KEEP READING! Don't just make assumptions in the beginning and give up on the book. I'm still unsure what rating to give it, because I keep swaying back and forth on some things. Firstly, the book put me off with Part One, because of the stereotypical characterization of a mundane marriage, and Amy got on my nerves. Well, Part Two totally changed all that, I mean, Amy still got on my nerves, but for totally different reasons. Finishing Part Three just rounded out everything and made me hate everyone in the book, haha. The ending was unexpected, yet anticlimactic. Everything was twisting one way, then arching another before fracturing, breaking and resetting wrong; I love that. This is a true blue psychological suspense thriller. It brought out some of the same feelings I had while reading Stephen King's Rose Madder. I can totally see myself reading more of Gillian Flynn's works, just to take another dip in her fantastical psychological killer of a mind.

First Line: "When I think of my wife. I always think of her head."
Last Line: "I think I've earned that."


"6-0-0. It felt different. I rarely woke at such a rounded time. I was a man of jagged rising: 8:43, 11:51, 9:26. My life was alarmless." (3)

"There's something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold." (7)

"He promised to take care of me, and yet I feel afraid. I feel like something is going wrong, very wrong, and that it will get even worse. I don't feel like Nick's wife. I don't feel like a person at all: I am something to be loaded and unloaded, like a sofa or a cuckoo clock. I am something to be tossed into a junkyard, thrown into the river, if necessary." (102)

"Now let me string still more clichés together for your amusement: It happened gradually. I never meant to hurt anyone. I got in deeper than I thought I would. But it was more than a fling. It was more than an ego boost." (145)

"We pretend to be in love, and we do the things we like to do when we're in love, and it feel almost like love sometimes, because we are so perfectly putting ourselves through the paces. Reviving the muscle memory of early romance." (404)

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Kindle Edition432 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Crown (first published May 1st 2012)

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