Gone Girl. Finished 1-11-13, rating 4/5, thriller, 415 pages, pub. 2012
I don’t often actively choose a book to be the first I read in a new year, too much pressure. But as I was walking through the library after Christmas, Gone Girl just called out to me from the shelves. I couldn’t resist. I mean I’ve been reading so many raves about it that I was excited to read it. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.
Nick and Amy sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes blood on the kitchen floor. As with most other reviews of this book, the less I say about the story the better. It’s best to go in with no expectations. I tried skim the reviews because I didn’t want my experience to be spoiled but I still caught a few hints that led me to a few good guesses. It didn’t ruin the book at all. But, in all honesty, I think Flynn does a good job of keeping you guessing no matter what you might expect.
I read Sharp Objects, Flynn’s first book, but I didn’t really care for it. This one I really liked. They are both dark novels with characters not always easy to like, but somehow, this one really worked for me. I don’t know if it will end up on me year end favorite list, as seems to be the case with almost everyone who has read it, but it is one that I can happily recommend for the thriller lover with a twisty streak.