Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn
" 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?"
So after the disappointment of NW I was a bit hesitant to immediately dive into that season's other majorly hyped book especially as it was supposed to be clever.
My trepidation was unfounded because I adored this.
This is cleverness and wit done superbly. The novel pushes and pulls at your expectations and perceptions to create a rather chilling portrait of the ill effects of narcissistic disorder and pure manipulation. This is a thriller and at every point it exploits your natural trust by presenting two of the most unreliable narrators I think I've ever read. While it is shocking you it's also sprinkling humor everywhere in places you don't particularly expect it. This cleverness does not sacrifice narration and the book goes at breakneck speed towards its conclusion.
The writing is sharp and somewhat vicious. You get to know Nick and Amy in every which way-they are laid wide open with all their faults exposed to the least forgiving light. The writing does not shy away from anything and actually sent chills down my spine. The toxicity of their relationship practically oozes out of the pages but you want to keep reading.
The ending is a bit of a let down and might be the main reason for most of the negativity about the book. I finished the book angry. But I've been thinking about it and I can't imagine any other possible ending that would stay true to the characters and to the novel so I've accepted it. I'm definitely going looking for more Flynn.