Monday, October 8, 2012

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Gone Girl has been reviewed on so many blogs and in so many other places throughout the summer,  I'm just not going to bother doing a plot summary.  If you missed out on the plot summary somehow, check it out by clicking here to see the Goodreads page. 

Writing
I think the writing in this book is superb.  It's an amazingly creative psychological thriller that kept my nerves on edge throughout the entire book.  And the ending.  Holy moly, it was perfection.  I really think Flynn has accomplished something great with her ability to reveal just enough to keep the reader guessing, particulary regarding character development.  There's nothing worse to me than reading a psychological thriller where the suspense is tied up in a very obvious "I know the answer but I'm not going to tell you" feeling from the author.  In the case of Gone Girl, I think the suspense is held more in the development of the characters themselves.  I am a huge fan of the author's writing style, I think she's definitely talented, and I'll be reading her other books ASAP.  Also, I think it's worth saying that I'm thrilled to see a well-written book on all of the summer reading/best seller lists.  This one is worthy of being read beyond the entertainment factor alone.  And speaking of...

Entertainment Value
Amazing.  I only spent a day or two on it because I was so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't stop reading.  I love that while the writing is superb, it's still engrossing.  It would make a fantastic beach or airplane read, but it's also perfect for snuggling up with at night in front of the fire.  And it will definitely make you think.

Overall
I highly recommend it, although I have a few words of warning.  The content is graphic at times and the language is harsh.  If you're easily creeped out or offended, this one isn't for you.  Also, the worldview presented is bleak at best.  If you're looking for redemption or even one likable character, you are out of luck.  It's dark and twisted, as are all the characters, and the ending for that matter.  So be warned that you're not going to find a light in this tunnel.  It certainly doesn't reflect my worldview in the least, but that didn't ruin the book for me.  The characters were fascinating and complex enough that I didn't mind how completely unlikable they were.  And the ending was perfect.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting enough I thought this still fell in the 'clever' category and played us for fool. I thought it was ok, not a fan as the majority and this was my most anticipated read for the year.

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  2. I am so glad you loved the ending! I'm finding that that's a spot of contention for some people. But I thought it was brilliant.

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