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?
What the actual fuck is this book.
I have to say I wasn’t impressed with the first half of the book. The story moved at a very slow pace and I just couldn’t get into it. Nick, the male main character, just seems like a dick and I thought I already knew how the book was going to end.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The second half of the book was way more entertaining. The story sometimes still moved annoyingly slowly, but it had suddenly gotten very, very interesting. The events of the first half in the book are explained and I was actually flabbergasted at how it turned out. The ending of the book just left me speechless and frantic to talk to all my friends about it.
Never would I have ever thought of this and I can’t image what other brilliant ideas Gillian Flynn might have.
But, admittedly, even though her book has brilliant plot twist and I was left in a state of shock more than once, I still found the book hard to get through. The second half is definitely easier to read than the first half, but still not an easy read. I might recommend this book, but would warn you it might not be an easy task.
That is also exactly why I have given Gone Girl a three star rating. If the book wouldn’t have contained the major plot twists, I would only have given it two stars because until they occurred, I was incredibly unimpressed by the book. The plot twist definitely saved the book and made it worth reading. I would have given it three and a half star, but unfortunately half star rating still aren’t a thing on Goodreads.