Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Club Friday

The weeks are flyyyyyying and I'm a little sad to see them go. The end of summer always seems to fly by and I hate that!

Well, I'm linking up with Heather again for Book Club Friday and this week I am talking about a very popular mystery these days. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn has been on all the to read lists of 2012 and most of the people in my "reader" circles have either read it or have plans to read it.

I don't read a lot of mysteries, but I do enjoy them every once in awhile. As soon as I start reading one, I am trying to figure out the end as soon as possible. Does everybody do that? I had so many theories with this book and they were all WRONG.

Here is the summary from Goodreads:

Marriage can be a real killer.
   One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
   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?
   With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

This book started extremely slow for me. There was hardly any excitement at the beginning (which was almost 200 pages!) and the story was just not drawing me in. I stuck with it though, and after the first third of the book things blew up and I could not put it down! I was finished within 24 hours and absolutely loved it. I don't usually give books that start this slow 5 stars, but I still did for this one!!! 

If you want a good mystery, definitely pick this one up!! 

Are you a fan of mysteries? What is your favorite mystery book or mystery series?  


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Kelly lent this to me and I plan on reading it once I get through my library books that are due. I am hoping to start it later this month or in early September!

I am actually not a big mystery person, but I do love the 'blockbuster' mysteries that have been popular, like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series! And I think I will like this one as everyone raves about it!

Unknown said...

Great review! I've gotten into the habit of putting down books that I can't get in to but knowing that the first 30% is slow will keep me going because this book sounds great!

tara said...

Great book! I agree that it was slow at first!

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Shoshanah said...

This book really intrigues me. I think I'd enjoy it, but I guess I just have to find the time to actually be able to read it.

The Michelle Show said...

Im honestly not a mystery fan because i literally cant handle suspense. I always skip ahead to figure it out and then ruin the books for myself. Lame-o!

Unknown said...

I loved this book. I enjoyed the beginning how it was written from his point of view then her diary entries. I did get real mad at him in the middle and had to put it down though. :)