Ah, summer...so many books, so little time…
The thriller of the summer is sure to be Gillian Flynn’s remarkable Gone Girl (Crown). Flynn has gathered great attention for her previous suspenseful novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects, but she shoots into a whole other stratosphere with her latest. Not since Adam Ross’s bestselling thriller, Mr. Peanut, have I read such a compelling and breathtaking dissection of marriage cloaked in a nail-biting page-turner.
Nick and Amy Dunne have been married for five years. On the morning of their anniversary, Amy disappears, leaving behind the signs of a struggle and some clues that seem to implicate her husband. Is Nick guilty? If so, what exactly is he guilty of?
With alternating chapters in each of their voices, the reader soon comes to realize that both Amy and Nick are deliciously unreliable characters. With the cops closing in, revelations and lies pile up, and the reader realizes just how deadly marriage can be.
— Chris Avena