Gone Girl review and November's book

Is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn worth reading?

In October we read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. As I mentioned before, this book has been everywhere and on one hot list after another. After reading, I give it 2 out of 5 stars.

My main complaint is Flynn’s writing style. This is the first book I have read by her and to me the writing is very choppy and doesn’t flow well. When the book started, it took me a few times to re-read the first couple chapters and get somewhat interested in the book. Since I am not sure if everyone has read or finished the book I won’t put any spoilers in my review (because there is a huge one).

The main gist of Gone Girl is that on Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary Amy disappears. Nick becomes a suspect and Amy’s diary is discovered and puts a different light on the characters and their relationships. In the first part of the book, it centers on the investigation to find Amy. We find out a lot of the characters dirty secrets and problems in their marriage and lives. I had a hard time sympathizing with this part because everyone sounded so snotty. It was the main reason I don’t like these type of books or like Eat, Pray, Love. Its rich people complaining about low trust funds and traveling the world to find themselves again and don’t have to work. You can’t get me to feel sorry for you because you are slightly less rich than you once were.

 Moving on, the second part throws in a huge twist that was really good. I’m just not sure if that makes the book worth reading in the end though. Also, be aware if you decide to read this that the book jumps back and forth between the present investigation and the past from passages of Amy’s diary. It can get confusing at times but in the end it all makes sense, so don’t dwell on the details from all the passages if you don’t get it. You will love and hate most of the characters throughout the book, ending up with not liking them very much by the end. Read at your own risk.

For November, let's read Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I want to recommend some great cold weather reads to cozy up with:

First You Run by Roxanne St. Claire

All the Queens Men by Linda Howard

Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag

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Holley Calmes November 06, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I found Gone Girl to be brilliant. I couldn't put it down, and as soon as I'd finished, I ran out to get her first two book, which I devoured. (The first is ok, but the second was wonderful. You can see her develop as a writer with each book.) However, Gone Girl is a masterpiece in my humble opinion. I really don't care how wealthy the people were (and they weren't by mid-way through the book) although I will admit they were not someone I would be friends with. But as far as originality and inventiveness, I thought Gone Girl was well worth reading. I can't wait for her next one.
Charlie Russell November 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Hey, Holley, I have to agree. I tried to find her other two books, Dark Places and Sharp Objects. Because I have a snobby attitude toward paper backs it was hard to find the second. Did not know that she was an award winning mystery writer when I read Gone Girl, but got hooked. Usually into non-fiction and I intend to keep searching for Sharp Objects. No one will have to worry re the fancy folks depicted in Gone Girl if they read Dark Places. Quite the opposite.
Julie Fair November 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Most of my friends also liked it. It just wasn't my cup of tea I guess, but I might try one of her other books.


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