Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Read: April 28 – April 29, 2013
Personal read.

Goodreads Book Blurb: 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?

My Opinion: This is one of the most twisted books I have read in a long time. I enjoyed it. I wanted to read it because it got so much buzz, so I waited patiently for the 100+ person waiting list to whittle down from my local library. And then I read it. And it messed with me.

At first, something wasn’t sitting well with me, and I didn’t like Gone Girl that much. Then the author throws a twist into the mix, and it is suddenly a completely different book. I started enjoying it a lot more.

The writing is really good, both technically and stylistically. The author understands her characters and the first person narrative puts the reader right in their minds. And it isn’t always a nice place to be.

I really want to talk about this book in all its twisted entirety, but I don’t want to spoil it. Because reading it for the first time without any knowledge of what I was getting was part of how awesome it was. I will say that a lot of reviews I have read either come down on the side of really liking it or really hating it. There is a lack of middle ground.

The reason I wasn’t completely and totally in love with Gone Girl was that at times it tread on the side of misandry, which is not something I am on board with. A lot of people confuse feminism and misandry, and without getting too long-winded, they are not the same thing. I am not even confident as to which direction Gillian Flynn was going for. Did she want it to be misandry, or was she aiming for feminism and overshot?

Bottom Line: A superbly dark and twisted book. You will either love it or hate it, and you may do both at once.


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