As Bruce Tierney writes in the July Whodunit column, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl “generated more pre-release buzz than just about any other mystery this year, and deservedly so. It is a fiendishly clever tale of a marriage gone toxic, and revenge exacted to a disturbingly lethal degree.”
Now that Gone Girl is on the New York Times bestseller list for the 7th week in a row; 20th Century Fox has paid $1.5 million for the film rights (with Reese Witherspoon producing and starring, and Flynn writing the adaptation); and the author is appearing on morning news shows . . . I thought you might want one more nudge to read this brilliant, exciting thriller.
Don’t usually like stories of relationships? (Gone Girl is about a marriage-gone-wrong . . . and what happens after a wife mysteriously disappears.) The suspense surrounding a police investigation and attending media frenzy will appeal to thriller fans. With alternating unreliable narrators (the husband and wife) . . . I dare you to guess the ending, let alone keep up with all the lies the characters tell us.
Don’t usually read thrillers, but you’re intrigued by a complicated husband-and-wife tale? The main character, Amy, studied psychology and writes quizzes for relationship magazines. Her husband, Nick, is a magazine writer. But everything goes downhill after they lose their jobs and move to rural Missouri. Amy’s chronicle of their relationship, starting from the day they meet, and Nick’s explanation of what happens after Amy disappears, make for fascinating reading. The mystery plot is just an added bonus.
I recommend you purchase this book ASAP—and spend the weekend frantically turning pages!
By the way, if you usually get your books from the library and are frustrated by the number of holds on Gone Girl, you might check out The Expats by Chris Pavone, another smart suspense novel that concerns deceptions in marriage. The books certainly have differences—for one, The Expats is a spy thriller—but I think they will appeal to the same sort of reader. This one came out in March and should have considerably shorter hold lines at your local branch.
Have you read Gone Girl? What thrillers are you recommending this summer?