Mar 272013

Gone Girl.
Gillian Flynn.

You have heard the saying “puts the fun in dysfunctional,” well this story gives new meaning to the term “nuclear family.”

I may have given this story a 3-star rating when I was midway through the book but the conclusion definitely brought it to 4-stars. Halfway through I wondered if I would finish it. As a matter of fact, I remember checking my player and being surprised when I saw that I was only halfway through the audiobook. I figured there was a chapter left to wrap up the story, and the story so far had been full of intentional TV drama cliches.

Then came the first twist. Sorry, no spoilers but this second part will force you to examine the psycology of guy-gal relationships and hopefully not find your past relationships quite wanting.

The second twist made you feel that the story was going to resolve in a satisfactory way but instead wraps up the story in such a way that it left me say “No!”

This story gives you reasons to “be the best you can be” but hopefully for better reasons.

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Mar 102013

Gone Girl.
Gillian Flynn.
Google Books

I may not have got very far into this book if I was reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. The characters seemed to be acting out some kind of pop psychology cliches but they story kept me interested enough to keep hitting play.

As I hypothesized how the story would play out, a new twist would develop to shoot down my theory. When I came to the end of the story, I found out the book was only half done. Another twist.

Now I wait to see what the 2nd half of the story brings.

Book Info

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Published: 06/01/2012
ISBN-10: 0297859382
ISBN-13: 978-0297859383
Started: 01/24/2013
Finished: 03/27/2013
Source: overdrive audiobook
Reason: New York Times Bestseller Fiction
Format: audiobook

Publisher Synopsis

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.

Author Info

GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dark Places, which was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice; and the Dagger Award winner Sharp Objects, which was an Edgar nominee for Best First novel, a BookSense pick, and a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. Her work has been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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