A review and discussion of of “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn.
By Jodie Hook
Typically when you read a novel, you can decide how you feel about a character early on. In “Gone Girl”, there doesn’t seem to be anyone worth liking much, but yet, at least for myself, I still was able to connect with the characters.
“Gone Girl” is not a crime novel, although it is completely based around crime. It is not a marriage guide, although it is completely based around a marriage. And it is as far from a good vs. evil story as I have ever read. Because of how the book is setup, from two contrasting perspectives, we see the characters in very different lights and are left unsure who to believe or to even be rooting for.
The twist, and there are many, but the main twist (and those that have read it know which one I mean) changes the story so much, I was both shocked and a little disappointed. The disappointment came from the complete deviation the story took, and it took me a few chapters to get invested again in a story I quickly realized I had not understood at all.
It was like eating a steak dinner and then realizing all the sudden you were eating chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is good, but if that isn’t what you are expecting, then does it satisfy you? Perhaps.
I would recommend “Gone Girl”, it was exciting, a relatively easy read, and well written. All the things I look for when I want to get lost in a book for a few hours. I would love to hear what everyone else thought of the book and look forward to digging into the craziness that is Nick and Amy.
The September selection for our informal Book Club will be “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.
After getting married and having a baby, life took over and I stopped reading for a few years. Now that my daughter is a little older, I have made an effort to get back to my passions, writing and reading books. I have been an avid reader since childhood and my best memories are of hiding under my blanket with a flashlight and a great book. For me, reading a great book isn’t just something to do for an hour or two, it’s something I get lost in. I hope to share my passion for reading all genres of books with you and hope that we can have some great discussions.