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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Amazon link – http://amzn.to/LhQZJD
(Book will be released on June 5, 2012. Currently Pre-Order at 40% off)
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. As The Washington Post proclaimed, 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 with 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’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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 left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured 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.
Gillian Flynn is an American author and former television critic for Entertainment Weekly. As of 2009, she has published three novels: Sharp Objects (2006) and Dark Places (2009) and Gone Girl. Both of Flynn’s novels have received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. In 2007 Sharp Objects was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories
This book was just way too much fun – and I mean that in a good way. I’m taking a leisurely drive down the garden path of the story, when BAM – right in the middle it makes a u-turn and we are on the damn highway doing 90 miles an hour (commonly referred to as a plot twist). Sweet Mother of Mercy!
There is not much to say without the risk of giving up some detail that’s best left secret. Soooo many time I wanted to just take one little peek at the end to see what happens to Nick and Amy. But I didn’t. I survived the heart pounding suspense and made it to the end of a very satisfying read.
I must, must must check out more books by Ms. Flynn
-By Lisa B.
This is the story of a happy marriage of a couple who seem perfect for each other, but by their fifth anniversary, things have gone disastrously wrong. Beautiful, witty Amy has disappeared and her charming, laid back husband Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance.
Turns out that Amy kept a journal and so we are able to hear Nick, then Amy, via dated diary entries, describe their courtship and marriage from their individual perspectives as author Gillian Flynn fills us in on the back story. And what a great plot device! As we become acquainted with these two, they are at first admirable and likeable, finding so much to love and appreciate about one another.
But slowly and subtly, the author helps us come to see that neither is necessarily telling us the truth, and neither is without blame in the dissolution of their marriage. As hard as it is to believe that Nick could have done anything to harm Amy, the evidence that is being amassed and cataloged by the police, not to mention the private points of disintegration of their marriage bond that both Amy and Nick have disclosed, just maybe he could have been driven to kill her. But where’s the body, and why isn’t he more remorseful if he did indeed, do it?
This is so much more than a warning of how good marriages can go bad; it is a psychological suspense thriller about two people that are incredibly different, and darker, than their public persona would lead others to believe. The mind games are devious, the plot twists and turns and involves friends, family and acquaintances, who are used by a psychopathic planner with the patience to create a near perfect crime, and live to tell the story. This book is ingeniously plotted and has an ending that is shocking, unexpected and frightening. Flynn is as witty as she is ingenious, so the dialog, character interaction and the author’s ability to set the scene is often humorous, often chilling, as we sense the noose tightening as the story unfolds. Gillian Flynn is a master at telling a gripping story about believable characters with ominous darker aspects laying just below the surface of their individual charm.
If you haven’t yet read a Gillian Flynn novel, it’s time you did. Read this and you’ll soon be looking around for more, I predict…
-By Vicki Goode
I have read Gillian Flynn’s other two novels and each was amazing in its own way–gripping plot, memorable characters, and clean, tight prose that complements the flow of the story. But with GONE GIRL, she outdoes herself, building a mystery/thriller/dark meditation on love and marriage that was so involving I read all 400+ pages over the course of one weekend. This is the kind of book for which you turn off the phones, block out some time, plan on staying up late because you are simply not going to want to put this book down. Highly, highly recommended!
-By Rick R. Reed (Seattle, WA)
When Nick’s wife Amy disappears on the day of their fifth anniversary, the police automatically assume he’s to blame. After all, the evidence points to him . . . and his constant lies don’t help his case either. But is Nick as bad as he appears? And maybe Amy wasn’t the sweet, doting wife she seemed to be either. If you are looking for a well-written, well-plotted mystery/thriller with some interesting twists and turns, this is the book for you.
-By Cathe Fein Olson
Amazon link – http://amzn.to/LhQZJD