Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

8442457Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is one of those novels I feel everyone has read or at least heard of. I bought this book on a whim last time I went book shopping, because I was so curious about what all the hype is about, even though I’m slightly delayed.  In my opinion there are two types of popular books: The ones that’s popular with book bloggers and the ones that’s so popular that people who never read suddenly reads it, and then never read anything after that (i.e Fifty Shades of Grey, which I still refuse to read).  Gone Girl, I’m happy to say is one of the former.

This story starts off with Amy who disappears on her and Nick’s fifth wedding anniversary. Nick and Amy has a difficult marriage due to many reasons: Nick lost his job and decides to move from New York to Missouri where he opens up a bar with his twin sister, funded by Amy.  Amy herself also looses her job and in some way resents Nick for the financial situation they are in, as well as uprooting her from New York.  In the first part of the book, the story are being narrated by Nick and Amy’s diaries, however in the second part of the book the reader learns why Amy despises her husband so much.

From the “crime scene” it would appear that Amy was hurt or killed. Who would kill Amy and why? Is she still alive? Amy seems to be the perfect affectionate wife (according to her diaries) and Nick’s behaviour during the investigation is everything but that of a worried husband.  In her diaries, Amy says she is afraid of Nick and in turn Nick lies to the police. Did Nick kill Amy?

Sounds like a good plot for a thriller, right? I loved it! Gone Girl, is an great psychological thriller and I now understand what all the hype was about.  It was fast paced, twisted and thrilling. The best part of the book is the ending, something that most people who has read it, did not expect.  When I got to the end, I was like “OMGee,  that is so twisted!”. For the benefit of those who is yet to read it, I won’t say who the psycho is. However, I must admit that I loved and hated the end, both at the same time.  My reasons for loving it outweigh how much I didn’t like it, so great ending to a great thriller.

PS: There’s a lot of swearing in this book!  Even thought I don’t normally like it, it adds to the personality and character of Amy, Nick etc so try and look past that if you are still going to read it.

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  • This one was a pick for my in-person book group, and I went to the meeting without having finished the book. :-/ Which means I learned way too much and had a hard time enjoying the book after that. Arrgh! Live and learn!

    • Oh no! That must have really spoiled it for you!

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and afterwards, moved on to two other books by this author: Sharp Objects and Dark Places (which I’m reading this week). Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Thanks Laurel. I haven’t read those two yet, how is Sharp Objects?

  • Great review as usual. I did not really like the book, had a lot of trouble getting a grip on the story.

    • What bothered you about the story? I liked it, but I did not like all the swearing. Overall I enjoyed the read.

      • It made me feel very aggressive and I could not get into the writing.

  • Isi

    Weeee you read it! 😀
    I felt crazy and psicothic while reading the book because I was liking the second part veeeeery much. My boyfriend said it was because I’m crazy and jealous, but yes, I LIKED IT.
    At the end I wouldn’t have wanted the same as the character wants, but I thought that if it was what the character wanted to do, it was alright.

    • I’m glad I read it! Yes, I agree with you it was crazy, insane and psychotic! I enjoyed it, I was thinking I am jealous (but not possesive) and emotional, but will I ever do something THAT crazy!? No…. even if I do like stories of revenge. I loved The Count of Monte Cristo and the tv series Revenge, I get a “kick” out of watching and reading stories like that This was just a teensy bit too crazy, hehe 🙂

  • I am probably the one person on the interwebs who hasn’t read this yet. Your review makes my mouth water. It sounds just my type of book. I love unreliable narrators in fiction.

  • This was one of my favourite books of 2012. I’m glad the hype didn’t spoil it for you (because it really has been hyped up to epic proportions). I really love the way Flynn toys with your expectations.

    • I can imagine! Good thing I read it when the hype died down (sort of). Have you read any of her other novels?

      • Not sure if it’s really died down – it seems like every crime thriller is being compared to Gone Girl in the marketing copy! And there’s movie in the works.

        I read Sharp Objects which, incredibly, has way more messed up characters than Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn imagines such twisted things. I love it though. I’ve also got Dark Places, which I’m saving for the next time I want a really grim crime thriller.

        • I’ve heard about the movie yes, apparently Reese Witherspoon will be Amy?
          This was my first Flynn novel, so I might pick up some of her other works. I’ve read reviews about Sharp Objects that wasn’t very positive 😐

          • Actually Reese Witherspoon is producing. I’ve heard rumours of Charlize Theron for Amy, although Theron is already in the Dark Places movie, so maybe not. David Fincher might direct Gone Girl, which would be awesome.

            Sharp Objects was her first novel, so it’s a bit rough around the edges. It’s also a very shocking book, so I imagine it got a lot of bad reviews simply because of the nature of its content – self-harm (cutting), teen sex, rape, consensual but weird sex, child murder, psychopathology, graphic violence. I enjoyed it, but I would warn sensitive readers to stay away.

          • Thank goodness! (Not a fan of Charlize)
            I think I will give Sharp Objects a skip then 🙂

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    Wasn’t this a CRAZY ride of a book!? Wheeee! 😉

    • It was! A lot of “omgee” moments 😉

  • Love love love the messed-up-ness of this book! Seriously, a shocking, amazing read! So glad you decided to check it out!

    • Melinda

      I’m glad I did too. It was an interesting read – and suspenseful (sort of)

  • I loved this book! It was so crazy and just when I thought I had things figured out, Flynn proved me wrong! And that ending! An intense read, but it really sparked a new-love in me for psychological thrillers.

    • Melinda

      I’m glad I picked it up! Yeah the ending surprised me, I didn’t expect “the person” to be THAT insane! I read a Netgalley ( The Other Child ) which was also a psychological thriller, but not as crazy or intense.

  • Well you’ve convinced me to read it. I’m always late to the party, too 🙂

    • Melinda

      🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

  • fabulous review! I’ve been meaning to pick this one up for a looonnnggg time! Moving it closer to the top of my TBR!

    • Melinda

      Thanks Danielle. I hope you will like it!

  • I’ve been meaning to read this!

    • Melinda

      There’s so many books out there that we are meaning to read 😉 I hope you get to this one, and that you’ll like it.

  • booknaround

    I know everyone in the world has been raving over this but I just don’t know that I want to read it. I’m probably just being contrary!

    • Melinda

      Oh no that’s fine. We all have different taste in books. Even I am sometimes reluctant to jump on the bandwagon of a very popular book

  • I have not read this book yet, however, I was in Exclusive Books with my colleague a few days ago and had it in my hand. I did not even page through it.

    Maybe, the book will end up like the movie, Double Jeopardy, whereby Amy “killed” herself and has made it so that the evidence points to the husband, as if he killed her or if not that, it could be a family member like her sister… Ok, this is purely guess work, I have not even read a publication’s write up on this book…

    But I am glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks for sharing your once again, beautiful review 🙂

    • Melinda


      I bought it that day when we were out together 🙂 You can have the book if you’re interested in reading it!

  • I haven’t read any thrillers this year so far and I’ve had really good things about this one!

    • I also read it, because I’ve heard good things. I enjoyed reading it, the storyline was good and unpredictable.

  • Loved this book-but if I am honest, I actually found myself wishing he HAD killed her or vice versa- those two deserved each other

    • That was my thing too, I wanted him to get revenge too! (I think she got some, for watching him squirm…)

  • I loved this book. It’s been a year since I read it and I’m still recommending it to people. Sharp Objects is twisted too, but it’s just dark, it isn’t fun like this one is (or am I the only one who found this book fun?) Great review! (And I will never read 50 Shades either.)

    • Hahaha, I might not even watch the movie (50 shades)

      I was surprised about how much I enjoyed this book! I will consider Gillian’s other books, but maybe not this year. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • It was fun for me too 🙂

  • Loved your review Melinda. I enjoyed Gone Girl too… pls check out my review here riversihaveknown.com/gone-girl-by-gillian-flynn-a-review/

    Loved your blog, and will be following your reviews now!

    • Hi Amrito, thanks for stopping by. I will check out your review, and thanks for the follow!

  • A great review. I agree about the swearing, but it does make them seem ‘real’ I suppose.
    Thanks for reading mine too.

  • Yeah really liked it. So riveting and such a thought-provoking ending. Not sure whether I’ll watch the film.

    • I would watch the film, out of curiosity 🙂

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