Monday, August 12, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer.

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?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark 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.
"My Favourite Quotes From the Book"
“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
“Love makes you want to be a better man. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
“I don't understand the point of being together if you're not the happiest.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
“It’s humbling, to become the very thing you once mocked.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
 I am not sure if I'd find the right words to describe this book. It was definitely one of the most twisted psychological mysteries I have ever read. The storyline was great and I loved it from the beginning but the ending made me hate it. It was sad and left an everlasting impression on my mind.
Nick's wife disappeared and everyone doubted him. They thought that he is the bad guy, which is seen to be the case in many such incidents. Police is interrogating him and public is hating him.
Amy is by all means the perfect woman, she can do no wrong. The girl who starred in children books her parents wrote. She has had her share of fans and stalkers. So it can be someone other than her husband who kidnapped or even killed her. There is suspense and thrill. You will keep reading if not for anything then just to see how it will end. Will Nick find Amy? or is she dead? Did he killed his wife? These questions will keep running in your head and you won't be able to put down the book.
As the mystery unfolds and we are shown the true state of their relationship our perception of the situation changes. Nick turned into the good guy and we are unsure Amy's character.
It will keep you guessing and the ending will blow your mind. I don't want to give spoilers so won't talk about it in detail but this book turned out to be a piece of art.


  1. This is a devastating thriller which shows what a talented writer can do at the height of her creative power.This book literally throbs with a raw power which drives the narrative at full throttle till the end .Probably Dan Brown can learn a thing or two from this brilliant writer as to how to write a thriller which would embody all the qualities of a classic.After so many years I have come across a book which I unabashedly would recommend for those who wonder why there is a dearth of great writers writing thrillers.This writers earlier book has won the Edgar Award and since I am one of those who admire my agatha christie and conan doyle, Edgar allan poe and Edgar Wallace as well as the good old G K chesterton i was looking for something which would be a page turner but could remind me of literary style of the great writers of crime fiction of the golden era and this writer has greatly justified the faith i reposed in her .I am really surprised to see some reviewers criticizing her style .well she is writing from the perspectives of a working class American couple who have lost their job because of the Meltdown of 2008 .Do you expect them to talk in latin or a la Poirot in French .I bought the first edition[hardcover]which Flipkart was the first to offer and i treat this book as an honorable addition to my collection of crime fiction.If you love crime fiction do read this book .This book is my best crime fiction read of this year. I have made it point to read the other two novels written by Ms.Flynn.Great ,a writer in full command of this genre ,a writer to watch out for.

  2. I won't disagree with you because as you can see in my review I also said that "the book was a piece of art", one can not find any flaw in the writing style, plot or its execution, but everyone has there preferences and in my review I only tried to give mine. The only thing I didn't like was the ending, which kind of burst my happy bubble. I am happy that you enjoyed it this much though :)


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