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Gone Girl Paperback – 25 Sep 2014
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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 No.1 bestselling novel that everyone is talking about, GONE GIRL is now a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Includes Reading Group Notes.See all Product description
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It isn't a detective story - the cops are almost peripheral. We don't really know what the police are doing, and in a way it doesn't matter much - they come in at the end to make an arrest. It's a psychological thriller - most of the action takes place between the ears of the reporter. Her flaws and her damaged personality are key - that and her relationships with the other characters.
Worth reading - albeit bleak in the extreme. It probably won't appear in the Hicksville Bookshop under a "Local Author" sign
Of course, I wasn't introduced to Gillian Flynn until I read Gone Girl, which by the way, I loved. It instantly became one of my favourite books. I wanted more from her. This is when I was attracted to Sharp Objects. Her debut novel.
We are introduced to a Camille Preaker, a young journalist trying to make a better life for herself. Her sister Marian died at a young age and Camille has been battling her own demons. Her family is hurting and so is Camille, but she wants to focus on her career. That is until she's sent back to her hometown to report on the death of a girl in Wind Gap, Missouri, her hometown. Another girl is missing, and this is thought by her boss, Curry, to be a big story told by a local.
This is not a detective mystery where we follow the police. Law enforcement doesn't exist in this story.
Camille is investigator, reporter and resident. It's dark, it's gritty, it's disturbing, it's creepy. This is all achieved, in my opinion, from the characterisation.
The story itself is painfully slow. I actually found myself telling my better half repeatedly, 'nothing has happened'. The last 85% though is where EVERYTHING happens. It came and went as quick as a box of Krispy Kreme donuts!
To conclude, I enjoyed the way the story was told but I thought the book was way too slow.
It took me a good 15/20% to get into the story but once I did I was hooked. I have to admit up until then I kept changing my mind about what happened but then it started becoming quite obvious.
It was around this point that I started changing my feelings towards the main characters - Nick & Amy - too. At first I was disliking one and warmed to the other, but then it completely reversed even with everything that kept coming out of the woodwork about them. Go though - I absoutely loved her and her wit all the way through!
I enjoyed the story but I wasn't totally struck on the writing style. I found the use of so many brackets quite distracting as I had to go back and reread the sentence at points. I did like the diary format though and it wasn't confusing for me going from past to present. The ending was a bit abrupt, though I think the story was the right length and there would have been information overload if it carried on.
All in all it was a gripping read and a 4* from me.
The sheer horror of the situation, the foul characters, the whodunit buildup, etc made me want to read it to find out the outcome. I thought in the end it worked. This is fiction after all. The character I most admired was the mother - can you imagine how you would feel if you felt your little boy was going to end up in trouble? A desperate situation where she felt cornered. Ironic, that the person she was trying to save was lost already - love can do crazy things.
Think of real life occasions where couples have killed. Where they pressured into it? Was it some warped act of empowerment? There was a lot more going on in this book than meets the eye. It was not really about Diondra - she was a lost, freak! It was the effect she had on others, and the sad events that came about in the end that made me go WOW!
A 5 from me - I read it in a day when I should be doing other stuff! Any book that takes me away from my life like this deserves the high rating...
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