Nick Dunne and his wife, Amy, seemed to have a perfect marriage, as long as they lived in Manhattan. However, by the time their fifth anniversary rolled around, they had both lost their jobs as writers, lost most of Amy's money, and moved to Nick's Missouri hometown. In alternating chapters in the first section of the book, Nick and Amy discuss their past, their marriage, and the time leading up to their fifth anniversary. That was the day that Amy disappeared. It isn't long before Nick becomes the number one suspect in Amy's disappearance. Nick isn't the perfect husband he appears to be. His behavior, his affect in the press conference, and even his attempts at investigating on his own lead the police to suspect him. The biggest question? Where is Amy, and is she dead?
Now, my reason for wanting to hear what other people think of the two main characters? While the story is intriguing and complex, Nick and Amy are two of the most manipulative characters I've ever come across in a book. By the end of the book, I didn't like or trust either of them, but I had to see what happened. And, I really can't say more about that without spoiling some aspect of this riveting story. This story of a marriage unraveling is voyeuristic. It's as if we're watching an out of control car, knowing someone is going to get hurt, but not knowing how bad it's going to be.
There are a number of other bloggers participating in TLC's blog tour for Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, if you'd like to see what they had to say.
Gillian Flynn’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:Monday, June 4th: Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
Tuesday, June 5th: “That’s Swell!”
Wednesday, June 6th: Girls Just Reading
Wednesday, June 6th: The Huffington Post Books – Gillian Flynn interview
Thursday, June 7th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, June 11th: A Bookworm’s World
Wednesday, June 13th: Stephanie’s Written Word
Thursday, June 14th: Life in Review
Friday, June 15th: House of Crime and Mystery
Monday, June 18th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, June 19th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Wednesday, June 20th: Jen’s Book Thoughts
Thursday, June 21st: Life in the Thumb
Friday, June 22nd: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, June 26th: You’ve GOTTA Read This!
Wednesday, June 27th: The Broke and the Bookish
Thursday, June 28th: Chaotic Compendiums
Tuesday, July 3rd: Twisting the Lens
Thursday, July 5th: Colloquium
And, as I mentioned, I can give away one copy of Gone Girl to a winner. Email me at Lesa.Holstine@gmail.com. Your subject line should read, "Win Gone Girl." Include your name and mailing address. Rules for the contest limit entries to the U.S. and Canada only, with no P.O. boxes. The contest will close at 6 p.m. PT this Thursday, June 21. I'll notify the winner, and the publicist will send the copy of the book.
Good luck! No matter how you feel about the characters, you'll find this book compelling.
Gillian Flynn's website is http://www.gillian-flynn.com/
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Random House. 2012. ISBN 9780307588364 (hardcover), 432p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received a copy of the book in order to participate in the blog tour.