Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

By | 20 July 2012 | 7 Responses

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnA tightly plotted and fast-paced book that’s difficult to put down—even if I knew it would not necessarily end very happily.

Nick Dunne comes home on his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife gone. Amy appears to have been abducted in suspcious circumstances. The police immediately suspect him—did he or didn’t he?

Amy has left detailed diaries implying that she may have had a certain fear of her husband. Nick seems like a really nice guy—like he could never have done it despite the cracks in their marriage—but external evidence and his secrets—like why does he keep thinking, in great detail, about his wife being bashed on the head in the kitchen?—may prove this wrong. But what really happened?

This summary gives no justice to what this book turns into over the course of a riveting story. I really can’t say anything more without giving away spoilers. This is one cracker of a book that lives up to all its hype. I could not put it down, and read it sneakily on my Kindle at work.

In the beginning, both characters are relatable. You can find a bit of yourself in their personalities, although sometimes there’s something that feels a bit off that you can’t quite put your finger on. The author does such a great job of building up atmosphere, and the story unfolds through the setting and the interactions of the characters—told through alternative first person view points. You are able to get into their minds and see how they think, and later on the suspense just builds up until you reach a state of what-the-fuckery.

Yes, there is a twist or two. (And it’s too much effort to kill any fairies  on a Kindle.) Yes, if you really thought about it enough you could guess, but there is so much more to the story than that. Once the pieces are put together you start to get the feeling you don’t want to be in their heads anymore.

Yay or nay?

This is a tightly plotted and fast paced book that’s difficult to put down—even if I knew it would not necessarily end very happily. I highly recommend it, especially for readers who want a change from the usual romance fare (which I was feeling at the time).

Who might enjoy it: Readers who are comfortable with suspenseful, taut, well-written thrillers

Who might not enjoy it: Readers who don’t have the stomach for what-the-fuckery

Title: Gone Girl (excerpt)
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: W&N Fiction/Hachette

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7 comments »

  1. Marg

    I have heard so many good things about this book! Going to have to read it I think.

  2. Angela Booth

    I keep hearing about this book everywhere. You may have tipped me over the edge into reading it, even though I am a romance junkie. :-)

    When I read the excerpt on Amazon a couple of weeks ago I was fascinated, but not enough to buy. However, like you, I’m getting a little tired of the same old, same old, in romances…

    Thanks for the review — I’ve found some great reads via your site.  

  3. r.gabbay

    Does the author have any moral or social responsibility?  glamourising crime without punishment!

  4. Kat

    r.gabbay — I haven’t read this book, but I’m not sure that an author has any moral or social responsibility beyond what’s written in the book. Is this a particular issue you had with this book?

    Marg and Angela — Did you end up reading the book? I’m curious to know what you thought! 

  5. Leanne

    I am currently listening to this book on iTunes just started Part 2 and I am loving it.    I am usually quite impatient and I will flick through a book to find out what the ending is but I am resisting and have quite a bit of fun trying to figure it out! Thankfully reviewers seem to be being thoughtful and not letting it slip.

  6. wandergurl

    Leanne – Someone (ahem Kat) tried to get me to write a spoiler review for people that wanted to know the end but I refused! It’s one of those books that loses the point if its spoiled.

  7. Leanne

    I finished it!!!!    I am glad no one told me the end I really didnt guess it either I had all sorts of outcomes going around my brain and then something would happen and I would have to rethink it I never saw it coming.  I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend the audiobook. 

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