Tuesday, May 14, 2013

All the Hype

I'm not one to read too many books just because they have a hugh hype associated with them. My friend the librarian kept telling me over and over that I needed, had to, must read this book. It had been sitting on my night-stand since Easter but I finally got around to it and finished it pretty quickly considering my busy schedule. The book... 

Gone Girl follows the lives of Amy and Nick Dunne. When the economy causes both of them to lose their jobs they head back to Nick's hometown in rural Missouri. Nick gets Amy his wife of just a few years to leave NYC and head deep into the south on the promise of a better life and to help take care of his ailing parents. Nick doesn't know if Amy can really settle into the new surrounds and life but he's hoping the best will come out of the situation. 

Amy is not happy about leaving NYC but she's willing to go with Nick to the south on the hopes that things will get better in their marriage. They've had to use her life fortune of being a childhood book star "Amazing Amy" and now they've got to make their own way in a new town. She even lends Nick the last of her money to start a bar with his sister. 

When their fifth wedding anniversary rolls around Nick has one idea how the day will end and Amy has another. When Nick comes home from working at the bar all day he finds the door ajar on the house, a burning tea kettle and no sign of Amy. The living room shows a sign of a struggle and Nick calls the police. From then on out it's a race to find out what's happened to Amy. Nick is also the prime suspect in her disappearance because he's the husband. As the story unfolds we see both sides of the story. It's intriguing and suspenseful to the very end. 

I thought the book was very well written and a good read. Did I think it was everything that people are making it cracked up to be? No. Personally I've read some books that I was more interested in but it definitely was a nice read. 

6 comments:

Mommy Mandy said...

I've been thinking of reading this book, but just wasn't too sure about it...thanks for the honest review!

Sam M said...

I didn't think it was all it was cracked up to be either. I think we already talked about this, but I did not enjoy this book from about halfway on.

Deidre said...

I've read a lot of reviews of Gone Girl, and only a couple that are like this :) So it was good to get your honest opinion about it! Thanks.

Amber said...

Like you, I've heard so much hype about this book that I feel like I NEED to read it. We'll see though.

Shoshanah said...

I think the main reason I tell people to read this book is because of the huge plot twist. It's definitely the type that I think could be ruined if you know what's to come. So I think it's one people should read sooner rather than later to avoid having the story ruined.

lil desiqua said...

Really?! Maybe I need to read what you're reading! This book had me at the edge of my seat- I definitely did not expect all the twists and turns toward the middle! Glad you at least somewhat liked it!