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.