Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Book Review- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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?

Review- I know that this book has been in my TBR list for quite some time now, but I’m slowly getting to each book and I’m really glad that I decided to read Gone Girl. I love thrillers and I absolutely love psychological thrillers. In fact I read the “The Girl on the Train” a few weeks back and though these two books have vaguely similar reading experience both have been brilliantly written and have taut, edgy narrations.

The book begins with the disappearance of Amy Elliot Dunne on her fifth wedding anniversary and all the clues incriminate her husband Nick Dunne. The fact that Amy and Nick’s marriage was falling apart definitely doesn’t help Nick and very quickly Nick is in danger of being arrested and charged with the murder of his wife. But Nick has a completely different and seemingly far-fetched story to tell which unfolds somewhere midway of the book. And this jaw-dropping-twist will shock you and you want to turn the pages faster to read more about the devious mind-games that Amy and Nick play on each other.

I would have given a 5 star rating if it wasn’t for the ending which I DIDN’T LIKE. I know it’s a realistic ending but it’s still difficult to comprehend and you’d be left with an intense desire to shake both Nick and Amy and hurl questions like- “How”, “Why” and “Really?”- at them.

A splendid book, a gripping plot (with a somewhat-disappointing-end) and highly strung protagonists makes the book a must-read. So don’t be like me who waited for so long to read it, go pick it up now J

Rating- 4.5/5


  1. Have you seen the movie? Brilliant job done there and after watching it, I knew I had to pick up the novel. Great review!

  2. I have to read it. Have seen the movie, but reading gives another high. I agree, I was expecting some justice in the end.

  3. I haven't read the book, but have seen the movie. I agree about the disappointing end. To be fair, the end is realistic, but it is just so depressing that one wishes for an alternative ending.

  4. This review is exactly what I thought about reading the book 2 months back!
    Btw *hi fi* on the love of thrillers. You must read 'silence of the lambs' too if you haven't read it already!
    And tell me more about the girl on the train!