Jess’s Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

goneYou know the main plot of this book. Nick Dunne’s beautiful wife is missing. He comes home from work to find his living room furniture over turned, his front door wide open, and the iron still plugged in. Amy has disappeared, and her husband is acting a little out of sorts. As the police investigation heats up, her loving husband becomes suspect #1. I told you that you knew the plot, but if you think you know how it ends, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is the beauty of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 bestseller, Gone Girl.

Nick and Amy appear to the perfect couple. In fact, Amy has written about how perfect their relationship is in her diary, which is later discovered during the police investigation following her disappearance. But as the couple leaves their home in New York City for Nick’s hometown in the Midwest, Amy’s diary entries start to reveal an increasingly troubled couple. Nick however seems to see things a little differently.

I admit its difficult to write this review without giving away any spoilers so I have to keep my synopsis pretty brief. Flynn creates an unpredictable mystery with multidimensional characters whom you get to know through a series of first person narrative and diary entries. One of the most interesting themes in the story is the role the media plays in the police investigation, and how it fuels public opinion in the high-profile disappearance. The story unfolds quickly, keeps you guessing and will force you to stay awake well after your bedtime.

On a side note, I recommend you start reading this book now because rumor has it, Flynn has starting working with writers to develop the film adaptation of Gone Girl. I think the story will translate well on-screen, but there is nothing like experiencing the twists and turns unfolding on the page. When you do read this book, feel free to look me up on the staff page and shoot me an email with your thoughts on the ending. I am still not sure how I feel about it and I would love to hear from all of you! (Please no spoilers in the comments).

4 out of 5 Stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Crown Publishing Group (2012)
Hardcover 432 pages
ISBN: 9780307588364

13 thoughts on “Jess’s Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  1. I’ve picked this up a couple of times in Waterstones then changed my mind, assuming I know roughly how it will go. After reading your review, I think next time I’ll actually buy it…

  2. This book was so incredible. I’m not sure about how I feel about a movie, though. I don’t know if it’ll translate so well with the diary parts. But I heard that Reese Witherspoon is supposed to play Amy, which is…interesting.

    • PS, I just reviewed this myself yesterday, I’d love to hear your thoughts! And I warned my readers that there could be spoilers in the comments so you can be a little freer 🙂

  3. Loved the first 3/4s of this book; it had me on the edge of my street and staying up way too late. I will say no more. Worth reading, but just wish the end of the story had gone a bit differently.

  4. Reblogged this on Tres Hermanas Reading Lounge and commented:
    Okay, trying something new: the post below is from another blog, and I’m reblogging it here. Thought it would be appropriate to post an outsider’s thoughts on our current book. This is not to say that I necessarily AGREE with the 4 out of 5 star rating…but you’ve probably seen my comments by now.

  5. Pingback: Review of Reviews (ROR): Gone Girl | Tres Hermanas Reading Lounge

  6. This was a fun read. Most people do seem to have conflicting sentiments regarding the ending…don’t worry I won’t spoil it. However, because of the ending, the author managed to get people talking about the book. It makes for a great discussion.

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