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Off Our Shelves: Gone Girl Review

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So my husband and I were sitting on a tour bus in Sydney Australia in August and instead of looking at the sights, my husband’s nose was buried in his Kindle. I finally asked him what he was reading that had him so engrossed (normally he reads historical non-fiction, which is … less engrossing) and he told me that some sports columnist had recommended Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn in a column. Small world because I had also purchased Gone Girl to read on this same trip. Obviously we should have coordinated our purchases a little better. 🙂

Gone Girl is a novel that will appeal to both guys and gals, and from what I gather from the many reviews I’ve read – you either love it or you hate it. Three months later and I still don’t know exactly where I fall. I both loved it at times and hated it at times. I felt no middle ground at any time, yet I’m still trying to figure out which emotion I felt more. There’s no denying that Gone Girl is enthralling and I actually recommend this as a book that most will enjoy, regardless of how you ultimately end up feeling about the plot itself. Gillian Flynn is an exceptional writer who weaves one heck of a good story.

In the interest of giving as little away as possible, here is the official synopsis:

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?

Normally I choose one character as my favorite and stick with said character through thick and thin. Flynn makes it impossible to do so in Gone Girl, because as soon as you think you have it all figured out there’s a twist. The book ended with me wanting more, which is always the best way to end a novel, I believe.

Next up, I’m going to have to read Gillian Flynn’s other novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects.

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