03 July 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

If Gillian Flynn set out to make me a little crazier than I started, she certainly succeeded. I loved this book. I hated this book. I cursed at it. I rooted for the insane characters. I set it down and vowed to never pick it up again. I picked it back and cursed some more. I felt like *I* was losing *my* sanity just reading it.

I’m glad I didn’t review this book right when I finished it because I don’t think I’ve ever been so furious at a book’s ending in a VERY long time. There was no redemption of the characters, no lesson learned and it just ended. We got no real ending. I was ANGRY. So, I didn’t write a review because it would have been scathing and full of curse words. *laughing* No, really.

… so I sat on it. And I thought about it. And I gained some sanity – and maybe some perspective.

Here’s the thing. The writing is amazing and the characters are so well developed. Both are highly unlikeable. In fact, I had no one to root for on this hole down into true insanity. I disliked every single person in this book. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. They all were horrible people with so many problems that… well, it’s just bad.

I also was very drawn into the plot. I’ve read enough books that I sat there, smugly, knowing what would happen and then the author would shock me and go somewhere that I never expected. Wait. What? But, that’s not how it’s supposed go, Ms. Flynn! You’re making my entire world implode here. Stop that.

But I kept reading and I kept… hoping that one of these characters would get something out of the story, that one of them would… wake up. Do something. Anything.

So… the book ended. And I was left feeling angry, but feeling like I had just gone a few rounds in the boxing ring. I felt… well, I felt beat up. So, that’s why I waited to review it.

Having said that, just someone mentioning the name of this book makes me remember it and start talking about it and I can now fully appreciate the level of skill it took to write this and how realistic some of it was (oh, you have to suspend a LOT of belief throughout), but in reality… do people like this really come around? Hmmmm…

Highly recommended for those that like a little bit of a dark mystery. Just hold on the ride.

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.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2013: 25

One Response to “Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn”

  1. Mike Reilly 11 July 2013 at 12:20 am Permalink


    If you thought this was worth the effort (I didn’t FYI – I abhor ludicrous endings)then I am very keen for you to tackle my novel MISISIPI which is along similar lines (I sent you an ARC in Nov)and let me know your thoughts.

    If you need the copy resent, email me and I’ll be happy to oblige.

    Michael Reilly, author “Misisipi”

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