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Gone Girl

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. 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?

Blurb from Goodreads

And here’s my personal copy:

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The problem with this book is I don’t know how to review it for you. Because the plot twist at the end changes the entire way you’ll read the first part of the book. I’m going to struggle to do this spoiler-free, because the biggest spoiler is the bit that really made this book so amazing. But, for you, I’ll try…
At first, Amy definitely had the more exciting point of view. Nick was rude, and just didn’t seem to care that his wife was missing. Amy was this scared little girl, who just adored her husband. He didn’t try to fix the marriage; she did all these little things, and he never paid attention. It got to me that he wouldn’t turn up to events, or he’d ignore her problems. Then, of course, she disappears. Well done you Nick, because she’s not coming back for you if you’re going to treat her like that. I did find the investigation interesting, because I really had no idea what could have happened to Amy. None of the clues added up. Could she have killed herself? Been kidnapped by one of her many stalkers that Nick discovered? Could Nick have done it without realising, or be lying to us through the book? I JUST DON’T KNOW, AND IT WAS STRESSING ME OUT.
Then, the plot twist. Holy freaking Jesus on a boat.
AND I CAN’T TELL YOU WHAT IT WAS BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO READ IT. UGH.
It really does change everything you think you’ve just read. The plot twist is about what happened to Amy (was it something I speculated before? Who knows…). And everything you read in the first half has been changed in your mind.
HAVE I MENTIONED HOW SHOCKED I WAS.
From there, I couldn’t put down the book. There were a lot of things still left unanswered (like how in hell it actually happened). Plus, of course, Amy wasn’t back yet. Would she ever return?
Oh, and then the book goes and ends on a cliffhanger! You can sympathise with me here; cliffhangers are so very frustrating, but at the same time work really well. Well, that’s what this whole book was like. That same frustration, wanting to throw the book at the wall type feeling. Really, it had to end on that cliffhanger. It wouldn’t have worked otherwise.
I know this review didn’t tell you much, so here’s something I can tell you; READ IT. Get your hands on this book as soon as humanly possible, hibernate in your house for as many days as it takes, and devour this absolute gem of a book

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I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

11 thoughts on “Gone Girl

  1. OMG THIS BOOK! I hate Amy so much, I don’t know if you have that same level of hatred as me haha, but she ruined everything for me. Like she was so well developed and I have to give it to the author because lord I just hated her. And because I hated her I hated the book. Great book, but it made me so angry. I’ve never had a novel make me so angry in my life haha. The movie didn’t make me as angry because they left out some minor plot points, which really shape who Amy is, so in the movie she doesn’t come off as a sociopath . I am sorry. I will stop hating now lol.

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  2. I had so much fun reading your review! This sounded exactly like the roller coaster of emotions I experienced when I was reading Gone Girl, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. The plot twist turned it from a normal crime/mystery/thriller book into a really, really special one. Have you read Flynn’s other books?

    PS: I’ve just tagged you on the How I Read Book Tag on my blog. Feel free to ignore this if you’re not interested (I just thought it’d be fun), but if you do it, then yay!

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    1. Thanks! It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. I haven’t, but I really want to! 🙂
      I’ll check out the tag, but my list is getting ridiculous, so I might not do it for a very long time 🙂

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      1. Oooh, exciting. Let me know when you do read any of her other books–I’ve only read Dark Places and didn’t like it as much as Gone Girl, but would love your opinion/recs. 🙂

        That’s totally fine, I completely understand. Good luck with shortening your list!

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  3. I am still not sure about reading this book. Everyone seems to love it, but my best friend, mother and sister all didn’t really like it and I really trust and value their opinions a lot. I do have it on my TBR though and I will be trying it in due time though I guess. I am glad the plot twists made this one so interesting and unpredictable for you!

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