Frightful Friday: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.

This week’s featured book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (June 5, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 030758836X
  • Source: Publisher

Nick & Amy Dunne are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. The couple has experienced their share of challenges recently, both losing jobs, forcing them to move back to Nick’s hometown of Carthage, Missouri.  Nick now runs a bar with his sister, Margo.

Any normal couple would be making dinner plans on their anniversary. We learn early on, however, that Nick & Amy aren’t your average couple. On the the surface perhaps, but deep down…

When Amy suddenly goes missing Nick is instantly put under pressure by the local police. The “crime scene” looks staged; only one room in the house shows evidence of a  struggle.  Nick decides to use the scavenger hunt Amy created for him (her traditional anniversary gift to him) to trace her steps the days preceding her disappearance. Meanwhile the police discover Amy’s diary, the her entries revealing an abusive marriage. The evidence continues to build against Nick and the town’s golden boy begins to crumble. Secrets he’s hidden from Margo (“Go”), his closest of confidants, cast even more doubt to his innocence.  Nick’s mission to follow Amy’s scavenger hunt to the very end becomes more necessary and as he follows each clue, he begins to understand the meaning behind each of the locations.

As with her previous books, Flynn builds a tremendously well-plotted thriller, leaving the reader questioning the guilt or innocence of Nick. The point of view alternates between Nick & Amy. Not too far into the book, a bombshell is revealed, which forced me to quite literally shout out in both disbelief and delight.  She elicits this reaction in me near the end of the book, making me realize I shouldn’t read this book in public. She twists aspects of everyday marriage into a sadistic mutation of love. I mean this in the nicest way, but her writing and her characters remind me of driving past the scene a car accident…you want to stop looking, you think you should stop looking, but you can’t tear yourself away.

A fan of Flynn’s writing for years, I was so ecstatic to see that she’s done it again, producing an absolutely mind-bending,  psychologically tormenting/thrilling read! Having met the author, it amazes me that she could write characters so twisted and demented.  I think it is for this very reason I have remained a devoted fan of Flynn’s writing, basically ready to devour anything she writes. She creates a facade to her characters and then shatters it when the timing is right. A truly talented and skilled writer, to say the least. I’m also excited that so many readers are discovering Flynn’s writing thanks to this book. Hello! It’s about time!

Bottom line, this book will without a doubt top my list of favorite books. Highly, highly recommended.

Please be sure to check out the other stops in this tour!

12 Responses to Frightful Friday: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  1. Kristi
    Twitter: kristiluvsbooks

    I was thinking it would be a good airplane read until I got the point in your review where you realized it’s not a good book for reading in public. Maybe I’ll use it as an at-home summer read. Sounds really great. I’ll have to see if I can find it at my library.

    • Jenn
      Twitter: jennbookshelves

      Oh, the average reader could definitely read this book in public. I just happen to be very…vocal…with my reactions to books!

  2. Farin
    Twitter: miss_farin

    I, too, had vocal reactions to this book. So unbelievably twisted, and that unsettling ending! I need to read the rest of the Flynn cannon, stat.

  3. Wow! What a review! I have had the galley on my reader for longer than I would like to admit…must read it soon!

  4. I won a copy of this this week and can’t wait for it to get here!

  5. Julie
    Twitter: JulieJustReads

    I had a similar reaction to the ending but I didn’t shout. I quietly put the book down and said “WTF?” In fact, I’m pretty much still saying that. My brother-in-law has the book now and I can’t WAIT for him to finish is. He’s 75 pages in and thinks he has it figured out. HAHAHA :) Great review!

  6. Anita
    Twitter: anitalovesbooks

    I didn’t read every detail of your review but I seriously can’t wait to read this book!!!

  7. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath

    One of my book clubs is reading this one now, I am more than looking forward to getting the book and getting started with it!

  8. I’m glad you found a new favorite Jenn, but seriously I’m such a chicken that you sometimes scare me with the books you love … :)

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  9. Absolutely loved that book, including the ending, which disappointed some readers I know. The plot construction was stupendous.

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