Book Review: Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

 

Book Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Format: Kindle

Price as of this post: $2.99 on Amazon

Length: 434 pages

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Rating: 3.50 out of 5.00

Summary:

Amy Dunne disappears on the day of her 5 year wedding anniversary. Her husband, Nick, comes home to discover signs of a struggle and his wife gone. The book is basically the story of Nick fighting the murder charges for his wife’s disappearance.

Pros:

This was a very interesting book full of wit and surprises. It was definitely a page turner. There is some great phrases in this book throughout. One of my favorites is when people are waiting around in the police station for some news and Flynn writes:

‘It was a bizarre gathering — the feel of it: not quite reunion, not quite hospital waiting room, celebratory yet anxious, like some parlor game where no one had all the rules.’

I loved that phrase! I could really relate to that feeling of not knowing all of what is expected of you, but excited to get started.

Flynn’s writing is full of great phrases and word usage as well as excellent characterization. There is a great cast of characters in this book. You really empathize with Nick and get angry with other characters who make things difficult for him. There is definitely a good connection built with each of the main characters.

Cons:

While I enjoyed Flynn’s turn of phrase, I was not particularly fond of her use of parenthesis throughout the story. At first I thought it was only used when a particular character was speaking, like it was their personality to have under the breath comments, or thoughts to self. But the use of parenthesis throughout the book indicated it was not a characterization technique, but a writing technique. I found it disruptive to my reading flow.

Nick has a twin sister in the story named Margo. She is referred to as ‘Go’ in the book. While this may be a cute nickname in person, I found it awkward in print. I kept thinking there was a typo in the middle of a sentence and I would get tripped up by the capitalized word ‘Go’ in strange places. And then I would realize it was referring to Nick’s sister, Go. Perhaps this is just my own oddness, but I found it bulky.

The biggest con of this book, for me, was the ending. Without giving anything away, I have to say that I was extremely disappointed with the ending. I didn’t feel like it really fit the characters well and it felt like Flynn was just ready to end the book. The entire book was full of well planned plot twists and surprising turns of events. But the ending was flat for me. It was like someone took a beautiful china teapot and put duct tape on it to hold in the tea’s heat. It was weird, awkward, and I didn’t care for it at all.

Reader Cautions:

This book does contain sexual content and extreme foul language (use of the c word is included). There are also adult themes such as murder, theft, and fraud. I would not recommend this book for even mature readers under the age of 15.

In Conclusion:

Do I want my money back? No. I’m glad I read the book. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the book. And while I understand that the ending was meant to leave the reader with a chill and questions of what the future holds for the characters, I just did not connect to the ending at all. I am not opposed to a non-traditional ending that leaves characters unhappy or dead or some other twist ending. However, I felt very strongly that the ending presented here was totally out of character for everyone involved. It was very strange and made me feel uncomfortable. I kept swiping on my Kindle thinking there was more to the ending that I had missed somehow. It was very discombobulated and disjointed and left me feeling very disenchanted with the whole story.

Read the book? Let me know what you think in the comments below! I would love to hear your opinions on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!

Happy Reading!

~ Eileen

You can also purchase Gone Girl on Amazon in these formats:

Hardcover ($14.09 Prime Price as of 12.14.14)

Paperback ($9.00 Prime Price as of 12.14.14)

Audio (Prices vary depending on your Amazon membership and whether you own the Kindle version or not. $25.95 to $12.99)

Mass Market Paperback ($8.34 Prime Price as of 12.14.14)

Audio CD ($34.00 as of 12.14.14)

iTunes ($4.99 as of 02.26.15)

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