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Review: Gone Girl

September 29, 2015 , , ,

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nick Dunne awakes on his 5 year anniversary with a sense of dread he can’t quite place. He goes down stairs, has the traditional breakfast of crepes prepared by his wife Amy and then leaves the house. Hours later, Nick is contacted by means of a telephone call from one of his neighbors; his front door is wide open, and his indoor cat is sitting on the porch. When Nick returns home he finds an unexpected scene, iron still on, his living room in complete chaos, but what he doesn’t find is even more disturbing. His wife Amy is gone. As the story unfolds Nick looks more and more like the culprit, but could this all-American husband really be a killer?

The initial chapter of Gone Girl was a bit of a slow saunter, then fortunately it became a sprint I couldn’t put down. The basic premise of this book is not something unfamiliar, how many news casts have there been about women vanishing without a trace. How many times has the finger been pointed at the husband? Guilty, not guilty, this book seemed like a chance to be behind-the-scenes and really find out what happened to all those women seen on the news. However, this novel did not end that way.

The characters of Gone Girl are despicable, truly. Nick is pathetic; he has some sort of wanna-be good-guy syndrome due to daddy issues. He couldn’t even fathom how far he truly was from being a “good guy,” if there even is such a thing. He is self-centered, and I disliked him from the very beginning of the book. And despite plot twists, my opinion of him remained the same. Amy on the other hand is a complete sociopath, she clearly suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. If ever there were a fictional character that should be placed in a padded room with a Thorazine drip, it is she. I am not going to further explain these opinions, however, at the risk of giving away key plot points to future readers.

The story is clearly fiction. There are some very convoluted scenarios throughout this novel. This may be a deal breaker for some readers. I, on the other hand, ate it up like chocolate ice cream. I loved the twists and turns and the maniacal brilliance of it all. I personally had been able to predict some of the main plot turns before they happened, but that may not be the case for everyone.

The writing style was easy to follow, and for the most part quick-paced. There were peaks and valleys as with every book, but none that made me consider putting the book down. At times Flynn can be a bit excessive with her word use. Flynn has an amazing affinity for making the reader loathe her characters, while still caring about what happens to them. I have yet to find another author that can achieve this kind of balance.

Alas, the reason this book will receive less than a five star rating from me: The book is going along, things are happening, tension is building, readers are aching for resolve, and questioning what it will be, but sadly, it never comes. The ending of this book let me down so utterly and completely. This novel could have ended in a plethora of ways, and yet the author chose the most anticlimactic one possible. There wasn’t really much of a resolve to any of the issues strung throughout the novel. The ending was a bitter disappointment for me. Regardless, I will be plucking other Gillian Flynn novels from the bookstore shelves soon.

I give Gone Girl 3 stars.

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I really enjoyed this book, but I agree that all of the characters are terrible people!

Kate @ Ex Libris


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