Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Published May 2012
432 pages

Word of caution: the more you read about this book the less of an enjoyable experience it will be for you. Therefore, I’ll keep this review short. In this twisted novel you’ll think you know who did it, then you will know who did it – but you’ll want to know how and why. And then, once you know how and why, you’ll keep reading because you’ll need to know what happens after. Basically, this book keeps you reading.

It felt a touch long in parts for such a fast paced plot, but I can’t tell if that’s because it actually was or if I was just eager to get to the next plot point. Though the characters were not always one hundred percent believable, they were believable enough – especially if you can suspend disbelief (and if you aren’t a reader who is willing to do this, this book probably isn’t for you anyway). There was something delicious about how unexpected they were (more on that after the Spoiler Alert), and whether or not I found the ending satisfying doesn’t actually matter – as the experience of getting there was the thrill of the ride. Holding steady on The New York Times‘ best seller list, this is the mystery/suspense novel of the moment, and I certainly enjoyed the entertainment factor!

It’s worth the read.

*****

Spoiler Alert!

Those of you who have read it, did you enjoy it? I really like it when authors create female characters that are out of the norm (i.e. Lisbeth Salander), and Amy was certainly out of the norm. We rarely see women being portrayed like this and I have to say it was refreshing. I liked the fact that she was completely insane – but brilliant! This entire story was reminding me of the movie, Fatal Attraction (but with marriage instead of affairs) until I realized how sick Nick was too. It almost made sense; this couple that is addicted to each other and the drama… but it fell a little short for me in the believability department, especially that Amy got away with everything. I know Boney was put into the story to be the voice of reason on that account, but that wasn’t enough for me. And the ending didn’t feel very satisfying… I’m not even sure I felt like it fit. After all of the effort of one of them trying to win, they just have a tie? Regardless, this certainly kept me entertained, and I’m recommending it to others for a good, quick read.

9 thoughts on “Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

  1. Not read yet, so have hastily scrolled past the spoiler section, but I’ve been flirting with picking up a copy as I think the jacket’s brilliant – both stylish and creepy. Anyway, think your review might just have given me the push I needed!

  2. I LOVED this book. Loved it. I didn’t mind the end because I thought it was a freakish example of how twisted they both were and their addiction to each other was dark and strange. If you haven’t read her debut, Sharp Objects, definitely read that one. Just as dark and twisted!

    • I looked at some of her other titles last night but they all looked really scary. Are they scarier than this one or about the same? This one didn’t scare me.

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  4. *SPOILER ALERT*

    I’m probably a minority view with this opinion, but I wish Amy had gone through with her initial plan: to commit suicide down the Mississippi in order to produce a body and ultimately send Nick to death row. And here’s my reason: my favorite part of the novel is the tragedy of their relationship: how two people who seem made for each other drift, bicker, fall out of love, etc. I wish the novel’s second half had expanded on that material (which was a major subject of the first half), providing a tragic ending to the tragedy of failed romantic love, rather than turning into what it does (psychotic one-upmanship). I also realize, of course, that would have been majorly depressing!

    On a side note, it will be curious to see how the film version (rights recently bought by Reese Witherspoon) handles the novel’s first half.

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