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Review: Gone Girl

February 22, 2013

Gone Girl

In the five years Nick and Amy have been married, they’ve had their ups and downs – they happen to be in one of those down times right now.  While he’s working at the bar he owns with his twin sister, Nick gets a call from a neighbor telling him his front door is wide open and his cat is outside.  When he arrives home, he finds signs of a struggle and Amy missing.  Nick calls the police – the evidence doesn’t add up and they can’t find a body so Nick becomes their prime suspect.  It turns out he’s no Boy Scout, but he’s desperate to prove he’s innocent.  But, is he?

I may well be the last person in the world to read Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.  I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, but it’s one of those books that has been hyped so much, I decided I needed to let things settle down first because surely it couldn’t meet my jacked up expectations.  Boy, was I wrong!  I’ve heard people say the book starts out slow, but it didn’t for me.  I’ve also heard people say they hated the ending, but I didn’t.  I thought this book was fantastic and that it lived up to all its hype!  I was hooked on all the twists and turns and could be heard exclaiming things like, “no way,” and “uh-uh” as I read it.

The story alternates between Nick in the present day and excerpts from Amy’s diary in the past, so readers get both of their points of view on some events.  Through most of the book, it’s hard to figure out whose version is true.  All the twists kept me guessing the whole way and I became totally absorbed in the story and found it hard to put down.  If you like thrillers and/or mysteries, Gone Girl is a must read.

I won this book in a contest on Stephanie’s Written Word.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
57 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2013 5:13 am

    You are not the last!!! this also goes on my TBR (at some time in the distant future only!)

  2. February 22, 2013 5:24 am

    I haven’t read it either, but it is waiting for me on my TBR-list. I’ m glad it lived up to its hype for you, I hope it will for me too. Thanks for your review.

  3. February 22, 2013 5:35 am

    I’ve heard REALLY mixed reviews about this one, particularly with regard to the ending. I’m glad you felt it lived up to the hype! So often it goes the other way. 🙂

  4. February 22, 2013 5:41 am

    Nope, you’re not the last 🙂 It’s on my list though. I’m glad it was a hit for you!

  5. February 22, 2013 6:48 am

    I’m listening to it on audio now and really liking it (although I can’t say I’m in love with I). But it is keeping me guessing!

  6. February 22, 2013 6:53 am

    I’ve read every book this author has written and this one was my least favorite although I thought it was still pretty good.

  7. February 22, 2013 7:14 am

    I’m so glad you got to it! Heather O and I were just talking about her books last night. We have read them all, and I think I do like this one best, but her other two are pretty amazing. Her writing is just so compelling, and even if the characters are despicable you can’t stop reading. She is so good at just digging into the darkest part of the human psyche and mining all that muck.

  8. February 22, 2013 7:24 am

    I’m so glad you liked it! It definitely gets people’s emotions going one way or the other!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    February 22, 2013 7:59 am

    This was so much fun, wasn’t it? Glad it didn’t disappoint.

  10. February 22, 2013 8:00 am

    I just got given this book as a birthday gift. I am excited to read it!

  11. February 22, 2013 8:06 am

    You are so not the last…I was turned off by some of what I read about it, so was curious to see what you’d think.

  12. February 22, 2013 8:46 am

    Out of 71 books that I read in 2012, it was my #11 book of the year. I did think the first half was good, not great. But the second half more than made up for it. Gillian Flynn is appearing in the San Francisco Bay Area in April, and I got my tickets over two months ago!

  13. February 22, 2013 9:39 am

    I too have put this on the TBR after the hype. But, now that you’ve piqued my thriller interest I may be moving it up a notch. Thanks Kathy.

  14. February 22, 2013 10:21 am

    I was one of the ones that didn’t like it. I liked it for the entertainment value and it has been fun discussing it with others, but I just felt as if the author threw red herrings into the mix every chance she could! Was not realistic and the ending? OMG,… really??

  15. February 22, 2013 10:21 am

    I should add, I have no idea where the sequel will take us. I mean, she pushed it pretty far in this book. What’s next?

  16. February 22, 2013 10:47 am

    I loved this book, too, and I thought the ending was haunting and brilliant.

  17. February 22, 2013 11:22 am

    Glad you liked this one!

  18. February 22, 2013 11:51 am

    I think I’m the last person to read it! Your review is awesome and makes me want to read it more.

  19. February 22, 2013 12:27 pm

    I still haven’t finished this book. I was only 50 pages in or so, and just not compelled, I need to finish. I listened to the audio of her other two books. very good, so good, but creepy.

  20. February 22, 2013 1:18 pm

    Even though I had issues with the ending, I really liked this book too. What do you think about Reese Witherspoon as Amy? I know her company owns the movie rights and is looking at David Fincher to direct the movie. Now all they need is the perfect Nick … Ryan Gosling gets my vote.

  21. zibilee permalink
    February 22, 2013 1:56 pm

    I have read all of hers, and I loved all of them in different ways, but this one was my favorite. She’s not afraid to be mean to her characters, and she does some pretty amazing things with plot development and twists. I have been waiting to see what you would think of this one, and now I am very happy that you enjoyed it!!

  22. February 22, 2013 2:13 pm

    I’ll be one of the last people to read it too. Eventually I’ll get to it. Glad to see you liked it in spite of all the hype.

  23. February 22, 2013 2:27 pm

    This book is already on my wish list…so I’m sure I’ll be the last to read it.

  24. February 22, 2013 2:32 pm

    We just added this to our Book Club’s WANT TO READ list.

    THANKS for the confirmation. I will let them know.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

  25. February 22, 2013 2:36 pm

    I have this book on my wishlist so you are way ahead of me. 🙂 But after reading your review, it looks like it will move up in the pile. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  26. February 22, 2013 2:51 pm

    Kathy, I want to read this even more now! Terrific review!

  27. February 22, 2013 3:37 pm

    Oh gosh ~ I read this one awhile back…never reviewed it for some strange reason, but wow! And now my book club is reading her DARK PLACES novel….this author is crazy demented….but in such a good way! Her books are like reading true crime that you can’t really believe is true, yet it is ~ fantastic review Kathy!

  28. February 22, 2013 3:46 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it! I wanted to read it, but now I’m really going to wait. I happened to read a very spoilery review and it ruined the ending…so I just hope I forget the ending at some point so I can read it. Grr!

  29. February 22, 2013 4:03 pm

    I didn’t hate the ending either, in fact, I thought it was a great idea.

  30. Patty permalink
    February 22, 2013 5:15 pm

    This is a case of better late than never!

  31. February 22, 2013 5:20 pm

    So glad this lived up to your expectations! I haven’t read it yet, either.

  32. February 22, 2013 5:40 pm

    Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed it too! I felt much the way you did… I thought it was interesting from the start and while the ending made me a little mad…. it was still awesome and I felt left enough open to possibly bring on a second book *fingers crossed*

  33. February 22, 2013 7:20 pm

    I waited for awhile before reading it, too, but did read it in 2012. And I believe it was my favorite book for 2012. I loved all the twists and turns, too. Afterwards, I had to read another book by this author: Sharp Objects. And Dark Places is also on my list.

    Glad you loved it!

  34. February 22, 2013 7:32 pm

    I need to read this one soon. So glad you enjoyed it.

  35. boardinginmyforties permalink
    February 22, 2013 7:38 pm

    I read Andi’s review of this one earlier today and she really hated it. But, most have liked it, including you. I liked but didn’t love Sharp Objects but this sound of this one is so intriguing to me. I have it on my shelf at home and need to read it!

  36. February 22, 2013 8:06 pm

    Oh I’m SO glad to hear that this one lives up to the hype. All my blog partners have read it, and I thought for sure I was the last person on earth to not have read it. But I have it on audio so I’m hoping to get to it soon (and hoping it will inspire me to go running too!). Great review!

  37. February 23, 2013 12:05 am

    Kathy, my issue was the middle, I knew it was coming, was put off and was hoping for something to change but no, sigh. I almost hated it but I realise now if an author gets that reaction from me they have did something right. This and Still Missing fall in same category for me.

  38. February 23, 2013 9:05 am

    Hi there! I read this a few months ago and then one of my book clubs just chose it as one to read. So much fun to talk about!

  39. February 23, 2013 9:30 am

    Our book club recently read Gone Girl. One thing for sure…everyone finished this book! At first I was disappointed in the end. I was reading on my kindle and didn’t even realize it was the end!. The more I thought about it the more I started to think that it was the perfect ending…or non ending!

  40. February 23, 2013 12:24 pm

    Glad Gone Girl lived up to the hype for you. I had a very similar reaction when I was reading this one. Couldn’t put it down!

  41. February 23, 2013 1:55 pm

    What fun to find a page-turner for you! I love those! Unfortunately this was not my favorite at all! Like Jill at Rhapsody in Books said, you either love it or you hate it. I was in the hate category. But that is more than okay! That’s what makes it so cool to discuss and uncover with each other. On another note, we have a murder case going on in town that seems like it was plucked from the pages of this book! Yikes, I guess Gillian Flynn just needed to harvest the pages of local papers to find her inspiration!#$!% Truth really IS stranger than fiction, no matter how warped that fiction may seem!
    Thanks for sharing!

  42. February 23, 2013 5:47 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! I still haven’t read Gone Girl, but it’s on my wishlist.

  43. February 23, 2013 7:10 pm

    so glad that you drank the kool-aid!! Wasn’t it fun and crazy!!! You need to read her other books too..just as good!

  44. February 23, 2013 7:57 pm

    Joining in the chorus of those who haven’t read it – I’ve seen so many mixed reviews that it’s moved a bit back on my tbr, but I will get to it eventually.

  45. February 24, 2013 9:08 am

    I absolutely loved this book, too!!! Can’t wait to read the others by her.

  46. February 24, 2013 11:17 am

    I have had this one out of the library in paper, ebook, and audio. I still have no read it!

  47. February 24, 2013 2:06 pm

    Yay!! I’m so glad all of the hype didn’t ruin it for you. Now you HAVE to read her other two novels.

  48. swright9 permalink
    February 24, 2013 5:15 pm

    I’ve been saving this one for just the right time! Will devour it sometime this year.

  49. February 24, 2013 8:29 pm

    When I read it, I was worried too that the hype would get to me, but nop – it was one of those books that lived up to its hype. Glad that you loved it!

  50. February 25, 2013 10:44 am

    The ending didn’t bother me, either! I thought it was a fantastic thriller.

    I just finished Sharp Objects a week or so ago and thought it was pretty good, but not as intense as Gone Girl. Next up, Dark Places.

  51. February 25, 2013 9:04 pm

    Glad you liked it!!! I thought it was a great roller coaster ride. I’m always perplexed when people say they didn’t enjoy it.

  52. February 26, 2013 12:26 am

    I really didn’t like the ending, but understand it. I’m not sure I’m up for the sequel though.

  53. February 26, 2013 4:08 pm

    I absolutely loved the book overall but am one of the “I hate the ending” folks. I kept flip flopping on whether I was on Nick or Amy’s side the entire book. This was one of my top 3 for 2012.

  54. February 27, 2013 2:40 pm

    So glad you enjoyed this! I loved this book and will always pick up Gillian Flynn’s books! So dark and twisted.

  55. March 1, 2013 10:20 am

    I agree. I loved this one as well!

  56. March 12, 2013 3:13 pm

    I loved this book so much! I just read her first book, Sharp Objects, last week. It wasn’t quite as good but it was still fantastic.

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