50 Book Challenge: #18 Gone Girl

What kobo.com says: 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. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that 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 and 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 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.


What I Say: This book was so well written but caused an immense book hangover, jaw drop, look around the room to see if anyone else can tell I’m this upset! I finished reading the book while doing cardio at the gym Monday evening. My friends warned me on social media that I would need puppies & unicorns after finishing the story and boy were they right. The book was gripping, page turning and I couldn’t put it down but it upset me incredibly. I like living in a rose coloured glasses world where the 11pm news does not exist. I hate to think about humanity badly and choose to think manipulation can be wiped from the population as a treatable disease. This book killed a part of my hopeless romantic nature. But I wouldn’t have it any of other way. Always learning. Always growing. Still romantic and hopeless with a side of realism by my side.

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