Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I read Gone Girl in a matter of days. I’m a fast reader, generally, but this was a nearly 500 page book and I didn’t have a lot of time for it. But the book kept me turning page after page. It’s starts out as a mystery and becomes something of a suspense. The crime is solved, in a way, halfway through the book, but the story is far from over or resolved.

gone girl coverThe story is told through the dual journals of a husband and wife – his beginning the day his wife goes missing, and hers beginning at the conception of their relationship several years earlier. In this way, you get a glimpse into what their life was like before she was taken, and how the way he is handling her disappearance makes him a likely suspect.

But neither journal is what it seems and once her entries catch up to the present, all bets are off. You don’t know the things you thought you knew and nothing that we’ve taken for granted to this point is as it has seemed.

Gone Girl is very dark, well written, and engaging, even if the characters aren’t exactly likable. Many hated the ending, but I honestly felt like it was the only one she could have created, knowing those characters.

Another book to check out of hers is Dark Places, which is equally well written and even more engaging, I think. It’s more of a structured mystery with a great reveal, though it is just as dark if not darker than Gone Girl.

Both of these books are coming out in movie adaptations in the next couple of years, and I’m very interested to see how these stories are transferred to film.

In the meantime, if you enjoy darker plots and stomach wrenching mystery, give these books a go!


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