For once, I’m not years behind when it comes to the hot must-read. Hip, hip hooray! Trust me, this one deserves a good round of cheers. It deserves you running to the library to put your name on the waiting list, right now.
Warning: This post may contain a few spoilers because of the nature of the book. If you want to know my opinion of Gone Girl without any embellishments: It’s fantastic.
Do you know why Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has become all the rage to read recently? I certainly didn’t before I downloaded it from the library, but I quickly discovered the reason. It’s one of those rare books that has something for everyone, no matter your book comfort zone. Before cracking the proverbial spine, I thought Gone Girl was a science-fiction or post-apocolyptic novel a là The Hunger Games (which I, still, have not read). It’s not and, dare I say, thank goodness for that.
Gone Girl describes Amy and Nick’s relationship, following them once they move to Nick’s hometown in Missouri after losing it all in the recession due to the downfall of publishing. The story is told in split narration between Amy and Nick, allowing you to get to know each character intimately. Instead of making one character the anatognist and one character the protagonist, Flynn paints a brilliantly human portrait of both characters. It’s hard to say that one of them is all good or the other is all bad, they are nuanced, though satisfyingly larger than life.
I was most enamored with the mechanics of the story. The way in which Flynn tells a seemingly typical and could-be dull plot that makes Gone Girl a must-read novel. The story appears simple from the outside: Amy goes missing on the day of their anniversary. The police seem to think that Nick had a part to play in her disappearance (or is it murder? we don’t know). It’s simple, but it’s so not.
This isn’t crime fiction, this is let’s talk about people and think about characters fiction. This is the kind of fiction for people who are interested in a good plot. You’ll find Gone Girl a fantastic read if you’re interested in a wide range of stories. The plot may drive the story, it’s a page-turner and you do want to know what happens, but it’s the brilliantly drawn characters that make it a page-turner that will stay with you when there are no more left to turn.
Read Gone Girl. You won’t be disappointed.
Do you like crime fiction?