Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Suspense
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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? (source: Goodreads)

5 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”

The truth is no one needs me to tell them Gone Girl is good.

I saw the movie first and it sort of ruined me for the twist but that did not make the book any less enjoyable. It is worth noting to that the ending of the novel does differ from the film in a way that makes it much more satisfying.

I didn’t find either character likable in any version of themselves, but more importantly they were relatable. You don’t have to like either of them to see little pieces of yourself (hopefully not too much).

There is nothing to be said about this book that has not already been said. Even as someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy crime novels I tore through this book excited to read every page. If you’re considering reading it, definitely do. There isn’t any reason not to.

BUY THE BOOK

READ THIS IF YOU’RE A FAN OF: WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? [NOTES ON A SCANDAL]

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