One thing I do to cleanse my "mental palate" is to read. I really like to end my day by reading a good book. I tend to hop from genre to genre but when I find a good read, that usually sets the tone for the next couple of books. Lately, I have purchased Kindle versions to allow me to read on my iPhone while on the go. Most of the time if I have time to spare (normally waiting on SOMETHING), then I can easily pass the time by reading!
I just finished the Kindle Edition of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I tend to read a lot of chick lit type of books, so this was a tad of a departure for me, genre wise.
This is Amazon.com's description of the story:
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.
I don't want to ruin the book for you, but if you enjoy twisted story lines that end completely different than you expected, you will enjoy this book. I really enjoyed how she told the story from the two main characters' perspectives - you read Nick Dunne's account of living through the time while his wife is missing and the plot grows thicker as you read his wife's (Amy Dunne) journal entries. It culminates with an ending that has you wondering, "are there REALLY people like this in the world?". It's like Dateline meets Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
What I love is that the story ends leaving you absolutely wanting more. It is a perfect segue to a second book, making it a series.
That wasn't the BEST of reviews (actually it is fairly horrible), but I absolutely do not want to ruin your experience of reading this thrilling book. I loved it! I encourage you to give it a go!
What's your favorite thriller?