Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
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.
I stared at this book in my Kobo “Wish list” for a looooong time before finally buying it. Thriller books aren’t my M.O., but holy crap, am I glad I did! I couldn’t put the book down!
The book is split up into two “parts,” and I thought that I had it all figured out after the first part – Why Amy went missing, who did it, etc. And then the second part of the book started and holy mother, was I wrong! There were points in the book where I wanted to scream at the characters for being so crazy. I really can’t say much because it will give it away, but wow, is one of the characters so NEEDY. (Those who have read it probably know who I’m talking about!)
They do a sneaky thing with this book that makes you unable to put it down by alternating between Amy & Nick’s stories. There seems to be cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, but of course, to get to the next chapter about Nick, you have to read Amy’s chapter. Then hers will be intense, so of course, you HAVE to read what happens to her next, so you read through Nick and his is interesting so … vicious cycle!
Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5! (Why can’t Goodreads have a half-star system?)
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