Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
About the book:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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 left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
After hearing so much about the book (and the movie), I finally decided to pick it up. I am always vary of reading a book when there's so much hype surrounding it because I tend to expect too much from it and sometimes, there just isn't enough in the book to justify the hype.
Gone Girl was different. It started off kinda slow. Amy suddenly disappears on her fifth anniversary to Nick and while we read current happenings through his narration, in alternate chapters their back story is presented to us in Amy's voice.. through the pages of her diary. All evidences seem to be pointing towards Nick until suddenly part two starts and there are sudden twists in every tale. The book gets really interesting at this point and un-put-down-able until we reach the fag end.. Towards the end, I started losing interest in the book. The characters became very unlikeable - both of them. I kept waiting to see how it ended and I was disappointed because I didn't like the ending at all!
But in spite of the ending (which I've heard many liked), I would recommend this book to anyone who hasn't yet read it or watched the movie..