Meet the Sullivans: Good Reads: Gone Girl: A Novel

January 25, 2013

Good Reads: Gone Girl: A Novel

Last week I finished reading Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn. This is the first book I've finished in 2013 after committing to read for at least 20 minutes each night before bed as part of my 2013 resolutions. Although I didn't always manage to read this book each night before falling asleep (sometimes I can barely keep my eyes open as I climb into bed) I did do a trade and would read during Owen's nap time or after he went to bed. Same thing, right? The point of my resolution really is to just read more.

Here is the description courtesy of

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.

My feelings (NO SPOILERS!): 

I don't usually read thrillers, but the description of the book and the fact that I've heard so many other people were reading this book are what got me to buy it on my Kindle. I was a little disappointed at first because I thought I knew exactly where this book was going, but in the end I had no idea. The surprises keep happening until the very end and the characters' personalities keep unfolding. Although I probably wouldn't read it again (I rarely read the same book twice), I would definitely recommend it to a friend (like you!).

And now I've moved on to:
The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

And because no post is complete without a little bit of Owen mixed in I'd like to leave you with a few of Owen's current favorite books. 
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Happy Friday and Have a wonderful weekend, friends! 


the tichenor family said...

I have been meaning to pick up Gone Girl! I think you may have been the final twist my arm needed. I need to start reading more... I love a good book!

Emily said...

Moo Baa Lalala is a favorite around here too! I need to check the others out.

Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies said...

Gone Girl and the Paris Wife were some of my favorite reads from this summer. Now I'm on the hunt for another read after just finishing Book of Mormon Girl.

Colleen Sullivan said...

Oooo! Book of Mormon Girl sounds good!