Ah love, true love – “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

October 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm 4 comments

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, Published in 2012

Everyone, I mean everyone, has read this book and there are plenty of reviews out there.   I don’t know how it reached such a feverish pitch in the literary world but the characters are great, there is the nice femme fatale that every good suspense needs, and the twists and turns have great timing.  I will add that I have an 8 week old baby and am up a lot in the middle of the night. This is the perfect read for the mom operating on three hours of sleep a night (tried and tested, mother approved).

On the day of Nick’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick receives a call while at work from his neighbor. It appears that the front door to his house is wide open.  When Nick arrives home his wife Amy is nowhere to be found but the iron is still plugged in, furniture is turned over, and there looks like there has been a struggle of some kind.  As the police begin to investigate they find that all signs point to foul play and to Nick as the culprit.  There are large amounts of credit card bills in Nick’s name, his demeanor is not that of a worried husband, and he seems to be hiding something.

The first half of the book is told one chapter with Nick as the narrator and then the next chapter is an entry from Amy’s diary.   Both Nick’s narration and Amy’s diary seem to indicate that their marriage was not what it seemed but each have quite a different perspective.  So the question becomes what is the truth? The reader is along for the ride in the first half of the book but then in the second half everything changes. And as everything becomes clear it really is just a question of how will this all shake out. BUT that is all that should be said about this book because anything else would clearly be saying too much and the best parts of the book are the “gotcha” moments.

Flynn’s characters are rough, unpolished, broken and very human.  Though some of the characters were a bit cliche for the most part they remain engaging. There are interesting psychological points made by Flynn about marriage, love and obsession. But the characters are not necessarily people you connect with (I really didn’t say “oh I know how that is” once) so these psychological issues seem fairly unique to Flynn’s world.  But it is certain that Flynn takes love and turns it on it’s head making the reader question what is true love?  The ending is a bit abrupt but it is just the right tone to leave the reader with that socked in the gut feeling that makes you think about this book for a while after you have finished it. And that is often the sign of a pretty good book.

Other reviews to check out:

From Book Journey

From Lost Inside the Covers 

From Second Shelf Down

From Reviews with a tude


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. eryscovyan  |  October 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I enjoyed reading your post. It was Very informative and gave the reader, me, an understand of the novel. As a result, I might just pick it up. I’m a writer myself, so the greatest inspiration for a writer is a great story. Thanks for your post. Sincerely, Eric

    • 2. Emily C  |  October 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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