5 stars from me
This is the first book in a very long time that I have been simply unable to put down. About halfway through I found myself desperate to talk to people about it and speculate on how it would end.
I had about three possible endings in mind (none of which were entirely correct) and I found myself reading faster and faster in my keeness to see how the author concluded the story.
The writing style was immediately engaging with painfully accurate depictions of personality types and flaws. I loved how the characters chose their outward personas. Something they did so well that it made me wonder how many people do it in real life; I guess we all do in a way.
I won’t spoil the story for those of you who haven’t read it. I personally would have ended it differently but I think its actual ending works well. Suffice to say that I wholly recommend Gone Girl as a ‘good read’ and I hope you enjoy it!
Synopsis: 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?