GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
This is this summer's "IT" book, apparently, so I thought I'd give it a chance. And I'm glad I did! Quick recap: On their fifth anniversary, Amy Dunne goes missing, and her husband, Nick, is the prime suspect.
GIRL was a pretty darn good summer read! The novel is split into three
sections: the set up, the twist, the pay off. As far as I'm concerned,
the first section is by far the strongest of the novel. Without giving
too much away (I try not to spoil), it gives the reader a chance to meet
Nick and Amy... sort of..., but we see them as voyeurs, as the police
and outside observers would see them. The case against Nick builds page
by page, block by block. In this section, we also come to know that both
characters are unreliable narrators--Nick goes back to tell us things
he 'forgot', while Amy's journal also holds er own confessions of
unreliability when she tells us she 'might have exaggerated' or 'forgot'
things. In a journal? Who lies in a journal and then admits it to
themself? Amy, apparently.
The second section deconstructs the
first section, and gives us another angle of view entirely. Up until
this point, GONE GIRL reminded me strongly of Scott Turow's PRESUMED
INNOCENT (in tone, not particulars), and I can't help but think that it
could have been well served thematically to retain that perspective
until closer to the end. Still, this section is interesting.
the book falls a little is toward the end of the third section, when a
series of Scooby-Doo 'twists' happen. They strain incredulity, and I
found myself eye rolling a couple of times. Flynn finishes a stronger
than I expected, though, with a final chilling line that left me
This is a fun book. It retains some of Turow's
phrasing and pacing, which works beautifully for this novel. It fumbles a
bit near the end, but recovers and finishes well. Overall, it is much
stronger than SHARP OBJECTS, Flynn's last novel; I like to see growth in
an author, so I liked that. Definitely a re-readable book!