Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Blurb: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?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around. (From Goodreads)

Genre: Suspense/ Thriller

What I liked: The middle of the book was quite good. I was listening to it on audio and I kept wanting to drive somewhere so I could listen to it. It definitely is a psychological thriller, sometimes you’re rooting for the wife, then the next thing you know, you’re rooting for the husband. Some of the things the wife does, how seamlessly she sets things up seems a bit far fetched at times but it’s fairly easy to overlook that and just enjoy the ride. Overall, it’s well written with good dialogue. The Narrators Julia Whelan who plays the wife, and Kirby Heyborne, who plays the husband do a wonderful job as well.

What I didn’t like: The beginning – I wasn’t really interested in listen much until disc 5. I’m not sure how much that is in pages, but it’s quite a bit before it gets interesting. The other things I really didn’t like was the end.  After all the stuff that goes on that keeps you on the edge of your seat (most of the time – it drags a bit at points in the middle) to have the ending it does is a big disappointment. I’m not sure I’d say I wouldn’t read it because of that, but it sure put a damper on a relatively good story.

Rating: 3.5/5  (I’d give it a 4/5 if it wasn’t for the ending, and the cover is kind of boring too)

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