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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I was late to the party with Gone Girl; it seems as if everyone has read this one.  The title appeared over and over again on everyone's list, but I didn't decide to read it until Amelia started talking about it.

It didn't take long to see what all the hype was about-- Gone Girl is an intense read and surely one of the best suspense novels in a long time.

When Nick's wife Amy disappears on their fifth anniversary, Nick is as puzzled as everyone else.  Is Amy a runaway, is she dead, did Nick kill her?  Flynn presents two versions of the marriage--one through Nick's eyes and one through Amy's diary.  But talk about unreliable narrators!   As details of the marriage are revealed, the versions both match and diverge, not so much in events, but in the presentation, in the deciphering, of the events.

With the accumulation of information, the reader becomes more and more uncertain as to whose account of the relationship is the truth, but one thing is clear, the marriage is full of poisonous, subversive elements.  Whose version to believe?

There are lot of things I'd like to mention and discuss, but the success of the novel is largely in the gradual absorption of information and the interpretation of events.  Flynn releases this bit of information and this seemingly contradictory bit, and the reader's opinion changes, and changes again.


Suspense.  2012.  432 pages.



6 comments:

  1. Gillian Flynn has a talent for making me stick with a story despite the fact that the characters are so unlikable.

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  2. I agree with SuziOregon! Those characters were really unlikeable but a well written story!!

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  3. I'm not planning to read this one because it doesn't sound like my cuppa, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. Gone Girl seems to get very polarized reactions.

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  4. I haven't got to the party yet...despite meaning to for a while now.

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  5. SuziQ - Exactly! Even without likable characters, you HAVE to know what happens!

    Sherri - Yep. Definitely a page turner!


    Nancy - Don't know that I'll read her other books, but this one certainly was suspenseful. The truth is that I usually must have some attachment to the protagonists to even finish a book, but this time...I had to know.


    Sam - You have to admire Flynn's ability to keep you guessing. Even after you know for sure, you need a resolution.

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  6. I haven't read this one yet so you aren't the last one to the party! :)

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