Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is my first read of the year

Gone GirlGone 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.

37 thoughts on “Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is my first read of the year

  1. hmsgofita says:

    A couple of my friends have been telling me to READ this. So after your review, I think it’ll have to go on my almost read next list 😉 It sounds so mysterious. It’s a build up, so I hope it delivers!

  2. Literary Feline says:

    I must read this! Soon. Once I’ve recovered from the last thriller I read. LOL I am glad you liked this one, Stacy.

  3. Tea Time with Marce says:

    This was one of my anxious to read books and I am in the minority and didn’t enjoy it. I knew halfway was coming but it made me angry, I was hoping something would change my opinion but it didn’t. Your KISSING was hilarious, well done Stacy.

    BTW – I figured out how to comment to your blog from work, I had to download google chrome 😉

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I’m sorry about having to use Chrome. There’s one blog I have to use that for and it makes me comment less.
      I had no idea til close to the end what would happen. It left a bad taste in my mouth for sure.

  4. Trish says:

    Glad you liked this one! It was definitely a twisty book that had me reading deep into the night. I knew NOTHING about it going in (except it was about marriage) but it’s certainly tough to talk about it without any kind of spoilers. Hope the next one is just as good!!

  5. Tara says:

    I actually returned this book to the library unfinished. I stalled out on it around the 100 page mark and couldn’t make myself go any further. But I’m not discounting it yet. I did the same thing with “The DaVinci Code” – I let it go a few years and tried again and loved it, so that’s my plan with this one. Glad you enjoyed it though 🙂

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