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)
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This book is well-written, fast paced and entirely riveting. The compelling nature of the prose, the subject matter and the hard momentum driving the story makes for a psychologically gripping tale that'll stay with you for a long time to come. I have heard some quite negative feedback in terms of the style of writing but would point out that Sharp Objects was written for a teenage audience as opposed to an adult one. Personally, I feel the author has knocked it out of the park with this one, regardless of the reader's age.
It is dark, enchanting, thought-provoking and utterly gripping. I have awarded the book 4 stars from a possible 5 and I am more than happy to recommend it to other readers. Apologies for such a scant review - it's hard to say much without offering any spoilers!
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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.
From the start it’s very easy to get drawn into Sharp Objects. The story is tremendously well written, compelling and attention grabbing. All of the characters in it are believable and wonderfully thought out. It’s almost eerie how convincing some of the individuals within this book are, in fact. The setting is detailed and, like the characters, feels very real. It’s creepy and compelling, dark but impossible to put down. Everything about the novel – the characters, the setting, the tone – has a very uneasy feel to it which fits the storyline perfectly.
As I was approaching the novel’s end I was both dreading and anticipating it thanks to my desire to find out the truth but my fear of what, exactly, it would be. I’ve got to say that it’s definitely an ending that’s hard to predict but still completely believable and chilling. I’d happily read this book again and now can’t wait to see what the TV series based on it is like. Basically I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to check out some more of Gillian Flynn’s work.
Update: I’ve got to admit that since writing this review I tried to watch the series but couldn’t really get into it. That being said I still highly recommend reading this book – even if, like me, you’re not a fan of the series since I found the book infinitely better.