GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

Other than a certain trilogy that shall go unnamed, I think the book that has gotten the most attention this summer is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I was able to get my hands on a review copy of this thriller at the end of last week, and started it a few days ago. I finished it today, which is remarkable considering that I have a three week-old baby at home. I would find myself up at 4 AM feeding my baby, and instead of going right back to sleep, I’d try to sneak in a few more pages. Now *that’s* an addictive read.

I don’t want to give away too much in this review.  Gone Girl is a psychological thriller about a really messed up couple – Nick and Amy – whose marriage has taken a number of turns for the worse in the past five years. On the day of their fifth anniversary, Amy disappears. Did Nick kill her? Why is he lying so much? The evidence that keeps stacking up against Nick – can it be trusted?

Gone Girl is told in alternating perspectives, shifting between Nick and Amy, and it takes a lot of unexpected turns throughout. Along the way, Flynn makes razor-sharp observations about marriage and relationships, and she’s often quite entertaining. But it’s the twisty plot that makes this such a rollercoaster of a read.

I am not going to say more, because I don’t want you EDITWB readers to have any sense of what’s ahead if you decide to read it. The ending is definitely controversial, and I am still trying to decide if I like it. But I loved the experience of reading this book.

If you are looking for a good vacation read – give Gone Girl a try. Just don’t expect to get a lot of sleep.

Thank you to Crown Publishing for the review copy.



  • June 30, 2012 - 7:55 am | Permalink

    I won a copy of this recently and can’t wait to get it!

    • gayle
      July 3, 2012 - 11:54 am | Permalink

      Congrats! You’ll like it.

  • Kelly
    July 1, 2012 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    Like you, I was able to read a review copy of Gone Girl and tore through it very quickly a month or so ago–so quickly in fact that now I can’t remember the ending! I must go back and reread it! One of the benefits of getting older I guess is that I can read something a second time and it still feels fresh. Not kidding!

    • gayle
      July 3, 2012 - 11:54 am | Permalink

      I bet it is just as good the second time!

  • July 1, 2012 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I loved this one too! I also love the image of you reading one-eyed in the middle of the night after feedings.

    • gayle
      July 3, 2012 - 11:54 am | Permalink

      Yep – that’s pretty accurate!

  • Susan Broadhurst
    July 1, 2012 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I gave in to the hype on this one the other day and put myself on the hold list at the library: 280 holds! Looking forward to reading it.

    • gayle
      July 3, 2012 - 11:53 am | Permalink

      Hopefully the list will move quickly!!

  • Ruth
    August 5, 2012 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Just finished this book last night. Good read, but all the while I was reading this novel I wondered who would be in the movie version, as there will inevitably be one!

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