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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Friday, August 1, 2014
Goodreads summary:
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?
The book was quite slow in the build up but you could just sense that a shitshorm was brewing. Divided into three parts, each increased the intensity in which the characters toyed with my mind. Alternating chapters told from Nick Dunne's POV and Amy Dunne Elliot's POV, my opinions of each of them and of all the people they associated with were constantly changing based on who was narrating.

The husband and wife were really hard characters to like but I was compelled to figure out their story. I was constantly changing my take on what happened that morning when Amy went missing and what events had led up to it. I was thoroughly disturbed by the last page! Gone Girl was a well plotted dark and sinister tale.