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On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
What I find absolutely fascinating about this book is that it may be the first time in my life that I liked a book without ever *really* liking any of the main characters! There were times when I understood them, or admired them (in certain senses), or respected them... but rarely if ever did I find myself whole-heartedly on their side and rooting for them.
It is an incredibly hard book to review without giving spoilers, so I will just say that the first half, even though there was a clear mystery, was far less compelling of a read than the second half. Once I hit the mid-point, I could barely put the book down. It is well-written, intricately woven, and cleverly put together. I can't wait for the book club discussion.
In the first few pages of Gillian Flynn's new novel Gone Girl, I was thinking, "This is it -- one of those rare novels that's unique and totally engrossing, cleverly plotted so that each new development has me astounded and eager to find out what happens next." Then the story continued as Midwestern husband Nick began to deal with his wife Amy's sudden disappearance and some gradually revealed details that might cast doubt on his own innocence in the matter. During that time, the book dropped down from the level of extraordinary to merely somewhat intriguing. However, once I reached Part Two of Gone Girl ("Boy Meets Girl"), it was like Ms Flynn kicked it up a notch, and the book became amazing again. Without giving any spoilers, Part Two unveils some major plot twists that cast Amy's status in an entirely new light. From that point on, the story moves along in powder keg fashion: the fuse has been lit, and it's only a question of how long 'til the explosion, and how much damage will be done when it happens. Flynn has a distinctive writing style that really involved me in what was going on with her two main characters. I had previously purchased but not yet read her Sharp Objects (after several recommendations). Now I will have to read it, and also get her first book, Dark Places. Only one warning, though: Gone Girl contains a fair amount of foul language. This was not a problem for me, but it might be for some readers.
This was one of my book club's selections. Several people in my the book club couldn't get through it, it was so bad. I have no idea why this became a bestseller.
The beginning is syrupy and lame. I slogged through the middle of it, practically skimming it. The ending was worth reading, if you've already read the beginning, but all in all, an awful book. Odious characters and bad writing-- all the plot twists in the world couldn't save this one.
Go read, "Where'd you go, Bernadette" if you want to read an epistolary style mystery novel that's actually good.
I am not generally a reader of fiction, especially modern fiction, but this was a well-written and well thought out book. It draws the reader in from the first page and does not dumb down thoughts and ideas by using elementary vocabulary (as most modern books seem to do). It reminds me of a classic Grisham novel but with more twists and turns.
This book sort of grabbed me after the first transition, but overall, I can't see what the hype was about. It was disturbing, and kind of irritating to see both of these totally unlikeable characters evolve. But I didn't think it was particularly innovative. Everyone involved in this story was either weak, crazy, a jerk, or all together. The ending was realistic but totally disappointing. Overall, it was pretty depressing.
A really well-written psychological thriller. I enjoyed the three different voices used (his, hers, her diary). I honestly expected a very different ending until at least two-thirds of the way through the book. His fascination with the shape of her head made me think he'd done something to it. I was pleasantly (!) surprised that things went in a very different direction.
This book was very well written. The author writes from different points of view and it comes together seamlessly without leaving the reader lost and confused. The problem I had was with the craziness. For lack of being a spoiler, I will say no more.