Gone Girl

Gone Girl

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Aug 18, 2020

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is a psychological thriller and mystery novel told in three parts from two points of view: Nick’s and Amy’s. When Nick’s wife, Amy, disappears the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick, as well as the police, attempt to figure out what exactly happened. The novel explores the consequences of Amy’s disappearance and Amy and Nick’s marriage: the backstory of their relationship and the facades they adopted to maintain their relationship.

Because of the book’s structure, Nick and Amy were able to both share their sides of the story. I enjoyed that both Nick and Amy were liars and that both of their stories were biased. As a result, the marriage has no true antagonist because both Nick and Amy are not free of blame. I also liked that, despite the pretend nature of their relationship, Nick and Amy still know each other better than anyone else. Furthermore, I enjoyed Amy’s character: she is a strong, independent woman but can also be calculating and selfish to a fault.

Gone Girl also portrayed the fallout of the 2008-2009 recession realistically (with the two main characters having lost their jobs as writers), and I felt the novel expressed and highlighted the hollowness of the bankrupt, stagnant Midwest (post the 2008 recession) well. Flynn also poked fun at the media: after Amy disappears, the media pervades almost every aspect of the case. The author mocks how the media heavily manipulates the public’s opinion and affects the direction the case takes.

The ending of the story was unexpected, however, as I thought that Nick’s choice was unbelievable and not fitting considering the status of their relationship. Nonetheless, Nick's decision reinforces the idea that relationships and marriages have a pseudo side to them: a he-said, she-said part. Ultimately, Flynn’s Gone Girl explores the insane, crazy parts of Amy and Nick well and showcases the story of an interesting and very complicated marriage.

Aug 11, 2020

Read this before and knew that I'd have to reread in order to appreciate the sequence of events & the meticulous planning that the main female character created. The male came across a bit thin, but that's what made the weave of the tale work. A horror story of a different sort.

May 02, 2020

I didn't like this book. The writing style is deplorable. The characters were nasty, with the exception of Go. The story was plenty creepy and the ending just left everything hang.
If people like Amy & Nick Dunne exist in the world, it's my fervent hope that they are locked away in mental institutions.

Mar 17, 2020

In my opinion, this is one of Gillian Flynn's best works (my #2 being "Dark Places" followed by "Sharp Objects")! I hope she is in the process of writing more books - I will heavily anticipate upcoming stories. In true Gillian Flynn fashion, there were several unexpected twists in the book (e.g. Diary Amy, the Desi plotline, PART 3) that kept me hooked page after page. As soon as I finished, my partner and I burst into "what the heck" mode and discussed every storyline in the book. I'm excited to watch the film adaptation to see how it holds true to the book!

Jan 05, 2020

I figured out majority of the twists in the first 200 pages. I read to many mystery books to not catch them. I had to think about this book for a few days to gauge if I loved it, liked it, or absolutely hated it. At the moment I'm in betweeen all 3. The ending didn't feel right. If I had to chose a character to like I think it would be Nick I don't condone what he did if anything I despise it. I do feel as if Nick got stuck with Amy due to the deception from the very beginning of their relation. The plot and wording was interesting. It was difficult to identify with either Nick or Amy because they both had their flaws. Overall, I don't see the hype around this book aside from the authors diction. This book is most definitely a one time read for me. If you are into really twisted marriages read this book.

Nov 27, 2019

I dare you to put this down. Side note, the film adaptation rocks. 5/5

Jul 31, 2019

AMAZING book! Completely draws you in, loved every minute of it. Definitely worth a read! Recommend reading the book before watching the movie (which is also amazing).

Jul 14, 2019

I liked it. I did. But... a disappointment because I loved her other two soooo much. Amy disappears - it looks at best like an abduction but most likely a murder and the police and the Nancy Grace whipped-into-a-frenzy public all believe it's the husband. But this is Gillian Flynn and nothing is like it appears...

The good: the writing is simply superb. Razor sharp, brilliant, bitingly humorous, characteristically acute. The not so good: the surprises didn't surprise me. And what made her first two novels so special - the jaw-dropping, flesh crawling, almost gothic twists, turns, and reveals - were missing. No shocks in the dollhouses here.

Still enjoyed it. Still glad I read it. But she set the bar so high with Sharp Objects and Dark Places, and she didn't reach it this time.

Jul 02, 2019

This book is a psychologically stimulating work of literature. It follows the characters Nick and Amy through their marriage and shows how their relationship affects one another. The characters Nick and Amy, are seemingly normal people, who turn mad because of one another, something that may happen in a normal relationship, because of its' proximity to reality, the book ends up questioning the reader whether they really know their significant other or not. It is an interesting book to read, I definitely recommend it for it really stimulates one's mind throughout it. The book especially dives into the themes of revenge, deceit, betrayal and the role of power. Sex is also important when looking at this story, the role of gender and the role of one's sex is important. This book also gives the readers an example of a modern Femme Fatale, one that readers don't normally witness. This book is for readers over 21. Out of five, I will give it a 4.5. @Lime_Latte of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is about the disappearance of Amy Dunne and how her husband Nick’s life gets turned upside down when he becomes the prime suspect. This book had a bit of a slow start but got very exciting when the pace sped up. The chapters switch between Nick’s point of view throughout the investigation, and Amy’s diary entries over the course of their relationship, with many surprises, and twists you would never have seen coming. I found this book to be very suspenseful and dark in the beginning, but as the story progressed it got a bit funny and clever. I would suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of The Girl on the Train and similar style suspense or mystery novels. I would rate this book 8/10 stars. @bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLGreggW Jun 27, 2019

This is a devious, twisty psychological thriller and I hated every character's decisions but was still sucked in.

Jun 12, 2019

I actually didn't know a lot about this story until I read this book, other than the idea came from a real wife disappearance story. It was really unique and went in so many directions. This book follows a very strange and kind of unpredictable plot. My feelings about the characters and what was happening kept changing as more information was revealed, and the ending was not what I was expecting at all. I don't want to give more details, but it's popularity is completely deserved.

May 03, 2019

Very thrilling book! Kept me guessing until the very end.

Jan 11, 2019

Interesting and kind of scary book!
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

Jan 09, 2019

I couldn't even finish the book I was so bored. I'm not sure how people got through this. No excitement, and nothing to draw me in.

Jan 01, 2019

What the FRICK
This was just, like, WHAT
Honestly, I really really liked this story... but also found myself not getting much more from the book than I got out of the movie. SOooo.... yea

I heard about this book on a booksellers’ podcast and was intrigued by the idea of untrustworthy narrators – within the first few chapters of this psychological thriller, Nick admits to the reader that he’s already told several lies to the police who are investigating his wife Amy’s disappearance. How many lies will Nick tell? Does Amy’s diary clear things up or muddy the waters even more? This is not a feel-good story – both Nick and Amy are unlikeable and there are uncomfortable and violent situations – but it’s a page-turner and you never know what will be revealed next. (submitted by GH)

I detested this book throughout but was dragged to the end because I did not have anything else on my audio book shelf to listen to and needed to get my stretching routine done every night. Soooo. . .I was shocked and surprised with the ending which richly rewarded my lame excuse for continuing. Actually changing perspective from Part to Part kept my curiosity up to an adequate level that prevented me from deleting the book and to allow me to keep going. I could not believe that my evaluation of this book could so radically turn around in the very last moments, but it did. Now trying to plumb the depths of why, I come up with the roots of the old testament bible with its outrageous stories that highlighted a grand theme for living. Unconscious unconditional love took a criminal beating throughout the book but took the relationship across the "starting" line. Wildly cathartic!!!!!

Aug 30, 2018

Wow this book is so twisted and devious.

The story is told through Nick and Amy's perspective. In the first half of the book, we see the daily things Nick goes through after coming home to find Amy missing and presumed kidnapped, and on the flip side we read the diary entries of Amy starting from the beginning of their relationship. Early on it is safe to presume that Nick is the stoic but concerned husband with the slight temper, and Amy the naive and loving wife. But then comes part 2! Where it is revealed that nothing is really as it seems.

Everything is so messed up starting in the second half and it gets more and more outrageous, but still believable to a certain extent. Suddenly Nick becomes the prime suspect in what is believed to the murder of Amy! I didn't really like Nick or Amy, the more that I read about them, neither are worthy of sympathy (view spoiler) I found it hard to swallow that the law enforcement bought the Amy version of what really happened when she disappeared on her and Nick's 5th anniversary.

The ending was...... unexpected?! Ultimately, there is no justice, redemption or permanent consequences for their actions, which is quite despicable given how deranged and chaotic they turned out to be....but so suited for each other??

This was definitely an interesting and thrilling read.

Aug 10, 2018

What a ride! suspense, dark, anger, weird, funny! Wow! intense and I'm not surprised if there's a sequel

Jun 16, 2018

It's not as easy to review a novel when you've already seen the movie. And loved it. The book's even better, trust me. Amy Elliott is the famous "Amazing Amy," an only-child her parents immortalized in a series of books as she grew up. All three of them became rich in the process. When she met Nick Dunne in her 30s, she fell in love. Really and truly. So did Nick, an every-American guy but one who appears to have not reached his full potential. Five years after their marriage, all is not as it seems. It is surely failing on Nick's side and he's responsible for some of the blame. Then Amy disappears on their anniversary. Kidnapped? Murdered? The husband is invariably the leading suspect for the police and the media, and even Nick's twin sister, Go, has suspicions. Here is a story about modern America with its media frenzy and resulting savvy, about a sociopath who understands policing better than the police, and about the decisions each of us make in our past which have implications for today and tomorrow. The ending is as ambiguous as it should be.

Mar 08, 2018

Phenomenal read! I couldn't put it down.

Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Mystery Novel" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I didn't like it. I was bored in the beginning, intruiged in the middle, and just annoyed at the end. I didn't like the characters, especially Nick. The ending was just ridiculous and I have no respect for any of them.

Jan 04, 2018

No. Just no.
I'm not sure what I just read, but it was genius.
I hated the way it ended, but not because I hated it. More because I was angry at the characters. If that makes any sense.
I seriously don't have any words to describe how I feel about this book, I just really liked it.
I hear there may eventually be a squeal!

Dec 29, 2017

I loved this book! Great read. Very cool plot. Read it!

orchids3lady Nov 08, 2017

Its difficult to enjoy a book when there is not one redeeming character in the whole story. This books starts off entertainingly enough with a decent story but became tiresome through the utter lack of enjoyable characters, and the plot becomes convoluted and contrived.

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