You Read What? Book Review: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Date Published: May 24th 2012

Format: Hard Cover

Source: Toronto Public Library


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?

Number of Days It Took to Read: 5


Gone Girl

This is a great cover for a mystery novel. It’s vague with just a touch of what the story is about which is a missing wife (the blonde hairs on the side). Even the black background has some kind of fog effect which gives it depth. See? Even with a little, a cover could look memorable and appealing to the eyes.

The Writing Score: 4 out of 5

Recommendation: Must Read

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 5 out of 5


Wow. This was one twisted read.

I always planned on reading Gone Girl (had the book on hold since July) and when I got it the last week of November from the library, it also happened to be Chatelaine Magazine’s December book club choice. Nice timing, right?

The first half of the book felt a bit slow only because the plot wasn’t moving as fast as I’d like compared to other traditional mystery novels. It was establishing the characters and their relationships in order to prepare you for the second half of the novel which got things raved up. The writing is done in such a way where you’re constantly in doubt of who to believe and what you can trust as fact. This is most definitely a unique approach to the missing spouse storyline and I recommend that everyone should read it. 🙂


A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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