Saturday, November 10, 2012

Gone Girl [Flynn]

Book: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn

Review: On the day of Nick and Amy's 5th wedding anniversary, she disappears. There appears to have been a struggle in the house and Nick is lying to the police. What follows is a detailed look into a troubled marriage and turns into a psychological thriller that is hard to put down. 

This is my first Gillian Flynn book and I LOVED it. She starts the book using alternating narratives (Nick is written present day while Amy's is a diary written from when her and Nick started dating). I'll avoid spoilers but this was an intense look at a couple that was once madly in love, how things fell apart, and the aftermath. Add in narcissistic personalities and psychopathic tendencies and we have ourselves a thriller. The first part of the book was a little slow but it builds and I eventually couldn't put it down. There were sections discussing relationships that hold a lot of truth, specifically a section about the masks we all wear when we meet people and what happens when our true selves are revealed (we all put our best self forward to an extent when we enter a relationship, don't we?). I also loved the part about 'the cool girl' because Flynn pegged it so well. There were a few things that didn't really work (I'll avoid spoilers but one of the characters befriends people at one point that is out of character) but overall, this was fabulous. I cannot wait to read more of Flynn's books!

Grade: 5/5

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