I know, I know – how is it that we haven’t read GONE GIRL by now? It’s not like I didn’t want to read it, it just kept getting buried in that TBR and here we are now.
It was Amanda’s choice for this month and we weren’t disappointed!
GONE GIRL – Gillian Flynn
We always watch the film adaption (or an episode of the show) if there is one. So we also watched the movie at book club on Saturday. I’ve seen it before (we typically try to pick ones we haven’t seen or read, but I was the only to have seen it).
Marriage can be a real killer.
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.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
Katie gives it 5/5 stars
Michelle gives it 5/5 stars
Amanda enjoyed what she was able to read and really enjoyed the film adaption
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars (mini review)
Despite knowing the twist going into this one, I really enjoyed the read. Man, once I started I couldn’t stop (Katie said the same thing). There were parts that were slightly changed or omitted from the adaption and I can see that being because of it having to be condensed for film. No real complaints there on what they changed or didn’t include.
The twist was just as exciting in the book as it was when I first saw the film. I think that the characters were perfectly cast – Rosamund Pike was perfection as Amy and Ben Affleck did a great job portraying Nick. I would highly recommend the book and the adaptation to those few that have yet to experience GONE GIRL.
Up next for book club is THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson (another one we’re late to the party for)