GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

Posted: October 22, 2013 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION

gone girl

Reviewed by C. Perrot

Ever heard the expression …”Oh, what a tangled tale we weave?”  I have, and it’s the first expression that comes to mind when reading the novel “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn.

First, it is important for you to know that I am an avid reader. While most people read, I devour. Some people, maybe even people like you, may take a week or longer to read a book. Know that in that time, I may have read three. Having said that, I am usually pretty quick in seeing how the story will end. I can read the first three chapters of a book and figure out how the book is going to go. And, I will admit, I am usually spot on. That changed with “Gone Girl.” Boy did that ever change. While reading this enthralling book, I never know what was around the corner. Not to sound cliché, but this book had more twists and turns than the scariest roller coaster at Busch Gardens. As I read, I was amazed at all the nuances. Amy, the antagonist, is so clever. I can’t believe how she schemed! Who thinks like that? It is indescribable and unbelievable!! And poor Nick. He is such a perfect victim. I can’t recall ever reading a book where I am rooting so hard for the protagonist!!!

Now… to delve or not to delve into the details of this story, that is the question? Let me just say this – If you want to find out for yourself, I guess this is a good time for you to stop reading. Nick and Amy are husband and wife. What seemed like the most unlikely of couples…She the debutante; he the quiet, nerdy type. Yet, they were both writers. They connected. They tried to make it work. Really, they did – from New York City all the way to Missouri.  In spite of all this, neither was happy. The marriage was coming to the end. They both knew it. Before it could end, though, Amy disappears. Oh yes, it seems mysterious.  And yes, it unfolds before our eyes.  As far as the world knows, Amy has been killed. And it seems, undoubtedly, that Nick had killed her. Every piece of evidence points to him.  It’s indisputable!  What appears to be an undeniable, inescapable, ready to be convicted murder, everything points to Nick.

But we know better.

One of the things that great about this book is the point of view from which this story is told. We live this story from both perspectives; alternating chapters from Nick to Amy. (I really like books written in this format.) Another great thing about this book is the sequence of events.  The book has three “parts.”  Part one is “Boy Loses Girl.” Part two is “Boy Meets Girl, and part three is “Boy Gets Girl Back (Or Vice Versa).  As the novel progresses, we see not only both sides of the story, but also the time frame in which the events occur. In all, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, is a roller-coaster of a book. If you are ready to read a gripping book with unexpected twists and turns, then this book is for you.

Just one warning: When you are done with this book, you are not done with Gillian Flynn! You will be on your device and ready to download another of her books.





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