Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Publisher: Broadway Books

Genre: thriller, mystery, suspense

Source: mom

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

On Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing in an apparent kidnapping. Nick reports the disappearance, but a series of clues combined with his odd behavior quickly point the police in his direction. Not only that, but Amy’s diary entries reveal a marriage gone wrong and her fear that her husband might kill her. Nick is determined to prove his innocence by conducting his own investigation, an investigation that goes shockingly off the rails as a horrifying discovery.

Wow. No, really, wow. I have never read a book where I so completely and utterly loathed both main characters before and yet still enjoyed the book. Maybe enjoyed is too strong a word. The book held me in its grasp and kept me turning the pages.

I have to admit, I went in knowing a good deal about the book. Between its popularity and the movie, I knew the twist and most of the climax. That actually made the first half of the book more interesting than it would have been, I think, because I completely despised the Amy that was presented in her diary entries. She was so fucking fake and I hated her. I actually liked what happened with her character in the second half of the book because she was real. I’m trying to be as circumspect as I can and not give any spoilers, which is hard, but there it is.

I never liked Nick at all. He was just a terrible person from start to finish. I did go back and forth from wanting to see him go down to getting his revenge to not wanting anyone to win. Which, I don’ t know if anyone did win. I wasn’t satisfied by the ending, though; I felt let down. But it fit the characters, so I can’t complain.

I guess I recommend it. This was really outside of my usual genre, and like I said, it was addictive. I can’t say I loved it, but I wanted to keep reading it to see what happened, and that’s the sign of a good book. So, yeah. If you like thrillers with terrible people, check this book out.