This week I am reviewing a bestseller from 2012, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I had been wanting to read this book for a while anyway, but it also fit the 2017 Pop Sugar challenge category: a book about an interesting woman. I found this book on Overdrive, my library’s online database and borrowed it as an audio book. I tried very hard to not read any reviews and blurbs before hand, because I love surprises. All that I knew going in was that it was about a woman who disappeared and a “who done it” scenario. Gillian Flynn kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride.
Gone Girl takes place in central missouri, the land of my early twenties, and revolves around the life and relationship of Nick and Amy Dunne. On their 5th Wedding Anniversary, Nick comes home for work to find Amy, gone, and it looks like there’s been a struggle. Nick quickly become the prime and only suspect, as everyone knows, “it’s always the husband,” and does himself no favors by keeping secrets and seeming less than distraught by his wife’s sudden and violent disappearance. But did he really kill his wife?
This novel is so full of twist and turns it drove my mystery solving mind crazy. Gillian Flynn is a mastermind of deceptive women. I can’t decide if I love her or hate her, or her main characters. The side characters are just as interesting, while not nearly as complex and, given my love of procedural crime shows and stories, fit all of the individual stereotypes of the murder/kidnapping mystery. The way Flynn uses the side characters as plot devices translates so well, and the foreshadowing and red herrings used… lets just say, you’ll never see the ending coming.
If you love characters who make your skin crawl, Sherlockian mysteries, and drama (so much drama), you will love this book. If you loved Gone Girl as much as I did, take a look at Dark Places also by Gillian Flynn, about a young woman who survived a horrific murder just to be drawn back to the darkness as an adult searching for answers.
If you enjoyed the female psychological drama of Gone Girl you will love Dare Me by Megan Abbott which I reviewed previously. Read that review here. Megan Abbott does a great job of communicating the needs and camaraderie of the female kind, and how secrets destroy everything.
The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie, the bestselling author of Hidden, has done it again with another fantastic thriller. The Good Liar tells the story of three women, all hiding secrets, but how far will they go to keep them?
Have you read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn yet? What about any of the other recommendations or authors? Have you seen the movie starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck? What did you think? I’d love to hear what you have to say so please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!