Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
2012
*****
5 stars - WOW!

ALR Blue - Technically, there is a cat, but it sits on a doorstep, eats a couple of times, and gets patted once. Not a player.



One of the best books I have ever read. Wow indeed.

How to give you a clue without any spoilers?

On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne returns home to find the front door of his house open (and aforementioned cat on the doorstep), the living room in shambles, and his wife... gone. But don't even think you are about to read a "who done it?" Not even close.

Attention focuses on Nick as he struggles to make sense out of his wife's disappearance while simultaneously dealing with the critical eye of the media and the hovering parents of his wife, Amy. During the first part of the book, the author alternates between Nick's present and Amy's past as revealed through her journal entries. But things are not as they seem. So totally very messed up not as they seem at all.

From the dust jacket:

Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

Now then, Pulitzer Prize committee. Why is this not one of your top choices for an award? It is by an American author and it is most certainly about American life. Principally about life in an overly connected era where public image is everything and trial by FaceBook is a matter of routine. Poor nervous Nick, on the day of his wife's disappearance is standing before the cameras, stunned, and instinctively gives a small smile (don't we all smile for the camera?). Immediately "HE DID IT!" 

So this certainly qualifies for a Pulitzer as far as content goes. Writing style? Are you kidding? You KNOW these characters and sweat and pull your hair out along with them. The sentences are precise, not a wasted word, yet colorful enough to paint complete scenes. It's all so real that it is hard to remember it's a novel. 

Ms. Gillian is known for her ability to portray convincingly some of the less savory human characteristics and she does that brilliantly in Gone Girl. I heard an interview with her on the radio. She sounded like a nice, normal person. Who knows where her books come from? Maybe she's just like totally over the top talented. 

I am definitely going to read the rest of her books. But first my brain needs a break because Gone Girl left me feeling a bit done in. Exhausting.

5 comments:

  1. Loved that book. Couldn't decide who to root for, in a good way.

    Daisy's Mom

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  2. If it rates a WOW from Mango Momma, that is indeed high praise.

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  3. This is one that I have been curious about since it came out! You've really intrigued me even more. I will have to look for it!

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  4. I bought it because it takes place here where we live and we're both from New York. I was really into it until the twisted ending. I felt it was a cop out ending and it spoiled the whole book for me.

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  5. I'm a big fan of Gillian Flynn. Love her writing, love the razor sharp wit, love the dark tone, love the flawed characters. I love the profanity. This is a great novel. Smart, well-plotted, clever, and hugely entertaining.

    Charmaine Smith (View Website for Lorraine Greenberg Bankruptcy Attorney Chicago Service)

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