Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


(catching my breath)

You have probably read it. You have likely seen the film. It was super popular and as much as I tend to balk at the super popular stuff because I am allergic to hype, I succumbed to reading this book after the hype had died down.

Bad me, I saw the film first so I knew the big twist, although the film did have a different ending than the book.

The book was a storytelling marvel. Well told from the perspective of a husband and wife, weaving me through their drama and relationship history as the husband tries to cope with the disappearance of her, and the cops constant questioning because as we all know it is usually the husband who is guilty. Flynn masterfully narrates through two very different voices, and I was compelled to stay reading far longer than I had planned many times before I turned the last page.

I cannot give it a 5/5 however, because she speaks with far more graphic and raw language than I like in a book. I get that Amy is a special kind of character and Nick is going through a lot of emotional turmoil, and it is not uncommon for someone to speak like they do in anger, but it's not my preferred kind of entertainment. I think the story could have been just as effective without their vulgarity and it may have even been better for it, since I could recommend this book to a wider reading audience. I cannot recommend it too broadly, unfortunately because it's not for everyone. 

This story is unique, and it pioneered a whole new series of books in the domestic thriller genre that is widely popular with no signs of slowing down. For me, I can only take so much. I don't want to read about spousal threats, manipulation, cheating and violence on a regular basis. I like my husband and domestic thrillers make me long for a simple, more delicate domestic story. Maybe I am old-fashioned.

But I'm OK with that.



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