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Review: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

on August 30, 2012

So – everyone in the blogosphere has read “Gone Girl”. Generally I stay away from books like that (Facebook friends know how I felt about “Shades of Grey”). However, several friends who typically love the books I do have LOVED this book, so I bought it from Amazon.

First I must say that every review on this book I’ve read has said things like: “I can’t really write about what happens in this book without giving it away”. I must say I had to wonder what the scoop was on this. Can’t write about the plot without spoilers? Can’t tell us what you liked or didn’t about the writing? What was this book anyway? I read in the synopsis that it was about a young wife who goes missing on her and her husband’s fifth wedding anniversary. I wasn’t sure if it was a mystery or something else.

(WARNING  – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS). I’d classify this book as a psychological thriller. First you’re in his head, then hers, and as the story progresses you aren’t sure who is truly in their right mind. Every time I thought I had this book figured out it twisted and changed. I was up late reading. I was up early reading. I’d wake up at 3 am (which I do sometimes) and start reading. I could not put this book down. In one way I loved it. I didn’t love the ending, though. In fact, I didn’t like the ending/last section of the book. Why? I just didn’t like how it turned out. But during most of my reading, I couldn’t stop thinking about this book and its characters. Gillian Flynn is quite brilliant at making characters come to life. These people were real.

Okay – so I didn’t spoil too much for you I hope. Are you still reading this? If so, you should be reading “Gone, Girl” instead!

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7 responses to “Review: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

  1. momadvice says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this one. I also did not love the ending, but not sure how I really wanted it to end other than maybe some violent vindication on his part. Regardless, fantastic read. I just picked up a couple of her other books from the library too. I hear that her earlier work is a little darker though so we will see if I like it half as much 🙂

  2. Mystica says:

    This is also on my TBR. Hopefully I will get to it soon.

  3. Sarah says:

    I loved this book as well. And surprisingly, I loved the ending. I found it incredibly realistic and fitting, given the nature of the two main characters. Definitely not your typical book and results, but I liked that Flynn was not afraid to piss readers off a little 🙂
    Let me stop before I spoil anything!

  4. Sarah says:

    I loved this book and actually loved the ending. I found it incredibly realistic and fitting given the personalities of the two main characters. It was definitely not your typical storyline or wrap-up, but I liked that Flynn wasn’t afraid to piss her readers off a little bit 🙂 And I honestly can’t see it believably ending any other way.
    Let me stop before I spoil anything….fantastic read!

  5. susanbright says:

    What a page turner. I was also not satisfied with the ending…or lack of an ending. In hindsight I guess it makes sense. How else could it have realistically ended!

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