Monday, June 18, 2012

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn
Title: Gone Girl
Publisher: Crown
Publish Date: June 5, 2012
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & the publisher
Book Blurb:  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.

Review:  There are some books that really give you a Wow! when you are reading them. Gone Girl is definitely one of those books. It doesn't read like your typical thriller. It feels more like a book about a marriage gone terribly wrong. And it doesn't take long to see that there's something terribly wrong with this marriage.

I like how you get the picture of the marriage through both Nick in the present and Amy in diary form and then later through Amy's mind.  These two aren't the easiest characters to like. There's something not right with either of them, and then there's Nick's twin Go (Margot). She's really odd.

This is a book you simply have to read. To describe it too much, would spoil the plot and that shouldn't be done here.

This is more then a crime thriller. This is the story of a marriage and the secrets inside it that sometimes even a spouse doesn't know about.

Thrillers aren't something I always read. It takes a good plot to pull me in, but this book had that. If you like thrillers or are looking for something to take you out of your comfort zone, this is definitely your book. Pick it up and head to the beach or your favorite chair, RIGHT NOW!

Rating: 5 flowers

Gillian Flynn’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, June 5th:  “That’s Swell!”
Wednesday, June 6th:  Girls Just Reading
Thursday, June 7th:  Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, June 8th:  Raging Bibliomania
Monday, June 11th:  A Bookworm’s World
Wednesday, June 13th:  Stephanie’s Written Word
Thursday, June 14th:  Life in Review
Friday, June 15th:  House of Crime and Mystery
Monday, June 18th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, June 19th:  Lesa’s Book Critiques
Wednesday, June 20th:  Jen’s Book Thoughts
Thursday, June 21st:  Life in the Thumb
Friday, June 22nd:  Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, June 26th:  You’ve GOTTA Read This!
Wednesday, June 27th:  The Broke and the Bookish
Thursday, June 28th:  Chaotic Compendiums
Tuesday, July 3rd:  Twisting the Lens 
Thursday, July 5th:  Colloquium


Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I've been trying to decide whether or not to read this one...a lot of bloggers are talking about it right now...great review! :)

Anonymous said...

I would not consider thrillers one of my typical reads either, but have had my eye on this one for awhile now. I am glad to see that you liked it so much. I can't wait to read it myself. Thank you for your review.

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Ooh, this one sounds amazing! Glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

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