Book Review #47: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

30 Aug

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl ended up being one of the hot books of the summer. I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing the book cover, or reading a blog entry about it (see here, here and here). After reading that Reese Witherspoon had signed on to star and produce in the adaptation, and seeing that Jezebel chose it as their inaugural book club selection, I decided to take the plunge.

The book starts out with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot: wife goes missing, world suspects husband. The book is sort of told in three pieces. His side of the story, her side of the story, and the ending as it unfolds. This isn’t quite a traditional mystery, it’s a psychological thriller.

And it’s creepy. Every 50 pages, I thought I’d figured out who did it. The husband. His mistress. She’s faking it. Her creepy best friend from high school. And then 50 pages later, I would be so thrown by the sheer force of both the husband and the wife’s masterful manipulation that I’d be lost again.

I get why this book is a runaway success. It’s highly entertaining, a taught psychological thriller, and a refreshing change of pace from the Lifetime Movie style mystery treatment this subject usually gets. This is one of those omnipresent books I recommend reading – even if it just takes you a few hours, you’ll walk away feeling unsettled. And it’s worth it.

P.S. – Also, Reese Witherspoon, circa the election era, could totally kill this role.

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3 Responses to “Book Review #47: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn”

  1. susanbright September 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    This book was full of twists and turns. Definitely a page turner!

  2. lrtrovi December 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Really enjoy your short, concise and to the point reviews…quick synopsis, what works and what doesn’t in the novel. Will take your advice on “Gone Girl”.

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