Gone Girl

By: Gillian Flynn
2012
Fiction
Subject Matter: Husbands; Married people; Wives; Crimes
Rating: 4/5

Gone Girl

Okay, seriously, who hasn’t heard of Gone Girl at this point?

The book, the movie with Ben Affleck, those posts on Pinterest recommending “10 books to read if you loved Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn‘s been taking pop culture by storm lately.

I’ll admit it: I saw the movie long before I read the book.

And I’ll admit this, too: The movie was a trip! I loved it. It scared me, it kept me engaged, Affleck ain’t bad to look at, it rocked me, it took me on a million twists. It was a trip.

So I added the book to my “To Read” list and kind of forgot all about it. Until now. I read the entirety of this book in one day at the beach.

I can honestly say that I am glad I saw the movie first. I have a terrible memory when it comes to endings, so it was about 3/4 of the way through the book before I remembered how it all shook down. But having some sort of idea about the plot line, some sort of warning, was super helpful. I wish I could’ve read the twists (or at least the major twist) as they came, but I’m glad I had a frame of reference, glad I could picture the too-perfect Amy, the all-American Nick.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past four years, Gone Girl is about a marriage gone seriously, seriously wrong. It’s about a young wife who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, and the young husband who quickly becomes the primary suspect.

I re.fuse. to spoil this for anyone who doesn’t know what’s about to hit them. All I’ll say is that anyone willing can enjoy this book. My sister who steers clear of anything remotely scary (but don’t watch the movie, sis…). My old roommate who loves whodunnits. My brother-in-law who lives for plot twists. Me, who inhales anything to do with psychosis. Or my dear friend who just wants something well-written and engaging.

This book lives up to the hype for me.

 

*****

 

If you enjoyed the ride with Gone Girl, here are some books you might like:

(for books with great twist endings)

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

(for books about psychosis)

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The Stranger by Albert Camus

(for more by Flynn)

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

(for nontraditional mystery)

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

 

Coming up:

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

Ground Rules by Renee Swann

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

A Room With a View by E. M. Forster

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