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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Short reaction: Will really make your head work with lots of its hidden mysteries and how Amy’s brain works!
Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis

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.

My Review

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After One For The Money, this one’s another story with such brain-twisting mystery sans humor. Get ready to exercise your brain and experience what it did to me:

Like what the plot says, marriage can be a killer and it perfectly fits what the whole novel is all about. Throughout the chapters, you will discover A LOT of mysteries being unfolded one by one – lies being spoken, admitted and then apologized for and there are myriad of treasure hunting! Amy loves making his man think, as in think the way she thinks and she feels it’s cheesy and lovable but it never is. Nick isn’t the analyzing type. He wants everything to work easily. He wants to just be the man Amy will live forever with, have family with. Sadly, no marriage is perfect. Even if Amy tries to perfect her marriage and her mama’s-boy-husband Nick, nothing’s going to work the way she wanted because nobody and nothing’s ever perfect. As a result, there’s sick, pretentious marriage and gone Amazing Amy.

Meanwhile, this novel is written in first person and displays two sides of main characters, Amy and Nick. I enjoy this type of writing just as I enjoyed Legend because I get both sides but this is also where all the WHY’s are answered but it’s up to how you analyze it if one of them is right or wrong and what are lies or truths.

You’ll literally know what kind of headache I’m talking about when you start reading this. Plus, this novel is crazy! While horror and suspense standout as I unwrap one mystery after another, there are also hints of freaking humor. You might get crazy laughing and getting pissed at the same time taking sides of Amy, Nick, Amy, Nick. Then, you’ll love the attitude of Nick’s twin, Margo as she continues to love Nick despite his extremely wrong decisions and all his other weaknesses. Go really loves his twin unconditionally – if only Amy loves Nick this way then there’ll be a happy ending but ironically, it can also be darn boring. Honestly, it is how sick it is that will get you to READ and DIGEST this like not any fairytale or a happy-marriage-ending.

So yeah, if you like giving yourself a thrill then you should get a hang of this. Try it for yourself – your mind will get busy.

Hint: this is as crazy as watching Orphan (if you know this film)! 😛

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