Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Book Review

Book: Gone Girl

Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Mystery

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Author: Gillian Flynn

Profanity used in the book: A Lot.

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NO SPOILERS HERE – Review

A book that is hard to put down is a great book. This is a good book. It is about a relationship gone bad/cold between a smart husband(Nick Dunne) and smart wife(Amy Elliot). A scary book to read, in the sense that the story is not about a business magnate or CIA agent gone rogue or about one family in South Africa or about going to Mars, but it is coldly realistic. People eventually get married and one usually assumes that he/she is smart. So this story could very well be plausible.

The book can be roughly divided into three parts:

  1. Reader hates the guy
  2. Reader hates the girl
  3. Reader hates both

The initial phase of the novel where the author is building-up the characters, it reads like a romantic novel. And then the anniversary happens. Then comes the roller-coaster. The book is filled with surprises every time you think you can predict it. Gillian(author) keeps it interesting with good metaphors and humorous lines. The book is pretty insightful about relationships – especially after-the-marriage part.

The story is partly set in New York (where the girl is brought up and working. where the guy is working) and then in Missouri(where the boy is from.). It is about two people (writers) living in New York, who get married and lose their jobs to college kids who got paid to write

“I’d arrived in New York in the late ’90s, the last gasp of the glory days, although no one knew it then. New York was packed with writers, real writers, because there were magazines, real magazines, loads of them. This was back when the Internet was still some exotic pet kept in the corner of the publishing world – throw some kibble at it, watch it dance on its little leash, oh quite cute, it definitely won’t kill us in the night. Think about it: a time when newly graduated college kids could come to New York and get paid to write.”

They lose their jobs, move to Missouri to be with Nick’s parents during their bad health. They lose interest in the marriage and hence the book, filled with suspense and mystery.

Like I said the author keeps it interesting with suspense, metaphors, humors and tips. Some quotes from the Gone Girl:

The metaphors used are pretty interesting:

Noelle, who was walking with Boney and Gilpin toward their cruiser, her carefully dressed triplets bumping along behind her like kite ribbons.

Amy was slipping through the Central Park crowds, maneuvering between laser-eyed joggers and scissor-legged skaters, kneeling parents and toddlers careering like drunks,

Well worded humor:

first thing I saw. 6-0-0. It felt different. I rarely woke at such a rounded time. I was a man of jagged risings: 8:43, 11:51, 9:26. My life was alarmless

Neither of us liked our presents; we’d each have preferred the other’s. It was a reverse O. Henry.

I took a cue from your beloved Mark Twain: ‘What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light.’

He did apologize profusely. (Does anyone do anything profusely except apologize? Sweat, I guess.)

And some tips:

At forty, a man wears the face he’s earned

Love makes you want to be a better man – right, right. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.

My mother had always told her kids: If you’re about to do something, and you want to know if it’s a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see.

Just got to keep on keeping on, that’s what Mama Mo says

Marriage is compromise and hard work, and then more hard work and communication and compromise. And then work. Abandon all hope, ye who enter.

Bottomline: Definite read, be prepared for all the twists!

Once you read it, let me know what you thought about the book.

cheers


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