Marie’s Reading: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

I can sum up my reaction to this novel in one word:


And I mean that in the best possible way.

I love Gillian Flynn’s work, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating Gone Girl for several months.  I talked about her novel Sharp Objects here.   Her latest is another great tale of psychological horror that will leave you disturbed.  After I read the last page I put the book down, stared into the middle distance for a second, and then said, “Whoa.”

It was that good.  But then, I’m a big fan of twisted and suspenseful psychological horror.  If you are, too, you should give Gillian Flynn’s work a try!

  Gone Girl is a portrait of a marriage gone horribly, horribly wrong.  The story is told by the husband and the wife in alternating chapters, each of them painting a very different picture of their lives and their relationship.  And then there’s a big twist in the book’s final third that makes you re-think everything you’ve just read, as well as the characters you thought you had a handle on.

Gone Girl  is intelligent, darkly funny (I actually laughed out loud a few times), and oh so twisted in that glorious way that Flynn is so very good at pulling off.  The story is disturbing and the characters are…well, less than sympathetic.  However, they are completely believable–even if you can’t be sure you can believe everything they say.

If you want a story that’s compelling, suspenseful, intricate, and full of surprises, you should pick this novel up.


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