Gone Girl Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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Flynn, an extraordinarily good writer, plays her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler. She wields her unreliable narrators to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached... an early contender for thriller of the year, and an absolute must-read. (Alison Flood THE OBSERVER)
These voices are wonderfully authentic, to the point where the reader becomes a gawker at the full-spectrum of marital dysfunction. Excellent. (John O'Connor THE GUARDIAN)
Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery. (AN Wilson READERS' DIGEST)
in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems. (WOMAN AND HOME)
Flynn keeps the accelerator firmly to the floor, ratcheting up the tension with wildly unexpected plot twists, contradictory stories and the tantalising feeling that nothing is as it seems. Deviously good. (MARIE CLAIRE)
Read it and stay single. (FINANCIAL TIMES)
funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusion (PSYCHOLOGIES)
A chilling, stylish read about another unknowable woman (ELLE)
Flynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner. (LITERARY REVIEW)
Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know another (METRO)
There are two sides to every story... The international phenomenon and No.1 bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Includes Reading Group Notes.See all Product description
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It follows a similar pattern to Sharp Objects in that we have a socially inept heroine who is not entirely likeable. In fact, Libby is wholly unlikeable but she doesn't shy away from admitting that she is entirely selfish and motivated by greed. There is an attempt to garner sympathy for the character courtesy of the brutal murder of her family and her dirt poor upbringing but having heard from Libby itself you can't help but have the secret wish she'd met her end too. Her brother Ben is an enigmatic character and, for me, he came across as having severe mental issues which led him to his current predicament.
The plot is very strong and the juxtaposition of then and now is fluid and works very well within the context of the book. There are twists and turns here and a no holds barred telling of life below the poverty line where every quarter makes a difference. There is also a good examination of small town life where everyone is quick to judge and outward appearance belies the reality.
The introduction of the Kill Club was a good device for getting Libby interested in finding out what really did happen in January 1985. You also get the feeling that there is much more to tell about the people that populate this thriving underground club and that they may well be revisited in the future.
I was expecting to be sucked down the rabbit hole of Ms Flynn's disturbed imagination and to be unable to put the book down (as has happened the twice I have read Sharp Objects) but I did find it easy to put the book down. It is not the unrelenting grimness and darkness within the pages that caused this but rather a lack of genuine interest in how things turn out for the Day family.
This is a good solid Thriller and worth 3.5 Stars.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book - I haven't seen the film yet so no idea how it compares - but the reason it's a 4 for me is the ending left me a little disappointed. I can't tell if there's a likelihood of a sequel or if the author has deliberately left it in this open-ended way which allows you to come to your own conclusions about what the future holds for her characters. I suspect it's the latter and judging by the reactions of my book club, some will love and some will hate that.
One of the better books I've read this year, will be looking for more of this author's work.
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