Release date: May 24, 2012
Publisher: Broadway Books
Premise: 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. 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?
Thoughts + Feelings: I did it. I finally freaking did it. I finished Gone Girl. I went into Gone Girl with way too high of expectations. Everyone, everywhere, told me how incredible of a book it was, so my expectations were through the roof.
I’d like to clarify: I really enjoyed this book. I was expecting a fast-paced thriller mystery novel, but what I found was a slow-burning psychological thriller.
Amy Dunne. Amazing Amy. She is such a unique character. Portrayed in one sense, and they portrayed at the same time from a completely different perspective. Gillian Flynn is an incredible writer and artistic soul. There are so many twists and turns; complicated characters with bold, outrageous story lines. You find yourself rooting for Amy and Nick. After all, it’s their fifth wedding anniversary and they are going through some hard times. You make guess after guess of what you think is going to happen next… and guess what… you are wrong.
I’m going to be honest – I hated the ending to this book. My initial reaction to this book was “WTF?!?!” It fit the bill of what looked like was supposed to happen, but I wanted so much more for the characters. They’re crazy. Nick Dunne and Amy Dunne are absolutely maniacs. They ultimately deserve each other, which is sick and twisted. I have such conflicting feelings about Gone Girl. I wanted to love it like all of my friends, but I am just struggling to love it. The writing was dark and twisted – I love myself some dark & twisted. But this took it to a whole separate level.