Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Genre:  Adult Detective (Suspense/Drama)

Description (taken from Gillian Flynn's website):
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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 left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Imagine that perfect couple down the street from you who has it all.  You know the one that you wish your life could be like.  You're life would be more perfect if you had what they had.  Now imagine the wife of that couple vanishing.  And watch as the facade slowly crumbles as questions come.  Questions that the husband can't answer without a guilty heart.

Nick is the golden boy that can get any girl he wants, but he treats them with proper respect.  His smile is the one all girls swoon over, and all of his female acquaintances never have a bad thing to say about him.  Amy is the well-off beautiful girl that every girl wishes they could be.  She has the looks, the money, and the man.  So what went wrong with this couple?  One day, Amy disappears and no one knows what happened.  And as Nick is pushed into the limelight, he tries to decipher Amy's anniversary gift as well as past friendships to find out what happened to her.  But when everything comes to light, we find even the golden couple can look very ugly.

First off, I watched the movie before I picked up the book.  The movie was so good and ended exactly how I wanted it to end.  I figured the book would have to be that much better, right?  Well...  Other than you have a little more insight to the characters, it's not really that much better.  It's still very, very good.  But after reading it, I have to say the movie had the perfect tone and the actors played the story so well that the book didn't really add anything more to it.  I'm in the definite group that says the movie gives you enough story that you don't need to read the book.  By the way, the book is hellishly long, and all of that psychological bullshit is drawn out (and well-played).  It really makes you think how the story would have ended if our world wasn't so set up in gender-roles like it is.

Yes, this book is good.  But if you've seen the movie, you don't need to read the book.  Unless you're a bookaholic.  I wonder what my opinion would have been if I had read the book before seeing the movie...

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