Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

You’d literally lie, cheat, and steal- hell, kill- to convince people you are a good guy”

Nick Dunne is a writer from Carthage, Missouri. Amy Elliot is a Manhattanite with a wealthy upbringing due to her parents’ success as writers. Upon meeting one night at a party the two form a bond that is so complex even they can’t even begin to understand it. Their seemingly unbreakable marriage becomes tested when Nick’s parents become sick and they’re forced to leave their comfy life in New York.

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Then on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary Amy goes missing and all of the clues point to Nick. This small town on the verge of economic collapse is no stranger to misfortune but when the wife of an All American Boy goes missing is there a more sinister game at play?

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Flynn will have you on the edge of your seat trying to unravel the mystery that is Amy Elliot Dunne and the circumstances surrounding her shocking disappearance. Goodreads synopsis here.

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My thoughts:

I’ve been straying from my comfy corner of fantasy and I am out of my element with this one guys. This was a full on psychological mind game from the beginning. Sometimes I sit there and I think “What was the author thinking to have written a story like this one?” Because I’m amazed truly. The characters she concocted were so real. I want to give her extreme praise for her use of metaphor and overall writing style, it was all so complex from the characters to their personification. All of the things she wrote had me captivated and she was in complete control the entire book. The twists and turns throughout this one are a doozy. I am going to have to say outright though the ending pissed. me. off. I’m going to keep this one spoiler free just don’t underestimate anyone in this novel okay?

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Lance (Nick) Dunne: I found myself pitying him, hating him, then pitying him some more. After being laid off from his job he goes back to take care of an emotionally manipulative father and mother dying of cancer with his twin sister Margo. Amy just happens to be the collateral damage because Nick doesn’t give a damn about Amy and he hasn’t for a long time. I can’t say either way that I was fond of Nick because he’s a whole mess of a person and it’s sad.

Amy Elliot Dunne: I have never in my life encountered a character as screwed up in the head as this one and I am used to bloodthirsty, tyrannical, psychopaths. Amy is unlike nothing I could even imagine, she holds everyone in the palm of her hand and no matter what you do she’s always one step giant step ahead of you. This is not a girl you want to even smile at in the street, she should be wearing a sign that says “DO NOT ENGAGE”. Her character scared me simply because of what she was capable of. Bravo to you Flynn, I’m hooked. Amy was always stuck trying to be as perfect as the character her parents modeled her after and that makes for some serious emotional distress…which leads to an extreme case of narcissism. Hell hath no fury like Any Elliot Dunne when she feels betrayed, which seems to happen to her a lot.

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Wrap up:

Did I mention that I hated the ending? Because of what happens and because I feel like there should have been MORE. I understand that the whole point was to leave us with a cliffhanger but to take the reader on a ride like that and then to end it like that? I feel disrespected πŸ˜‚ I’m gonna recommend this to anyone who likes a dark, twisty, marital scandal.

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He killed my soul, which should be a crime. Actually, it is a crime. According to me, at least.”

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