August 2012



Book Review-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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It took me 3 nights to get through my first Gillian Flynn novel, Dark Places.  I took me an extended night and early evening to finish her latest best seller, Gone Girl.

Comparing the two books, I definitely enjoyed Dark Places much more than Gone Girl.  The first half of Gone Girl (the first 51% according to my Kindle, if we’re being precise) was seriously hard to get through.  The book is about the disappearance (assumed abduction/murder) of Amy Dunne from a small town in Missouri along the Mississippi River.  The blame, and all the evidence, is of course pointing to her not-so-great husband, Nick.  Everyone always thinks it’s the husband.

As in Dark Places, Flynn moves back and forth in each chapter between Nick and Amy’s viewpoints, at different points in time.  I do like how she does this, it keeps you in suspense, but I think she did it a little better in Dark Places.  I’m not sure how she could do it better in Gone Girl, I just know I didn’t like it as much.

The first half of the book (Part 1) was just so boring to me, just mundane stories about their first years of marriage and the issues they had, I was skimming over pages at one point.  Well, then I got to Part 2 and things quickly picked up-I wanted to go back and re-read the chapters in Part 1 that I had glossed over since now I knew the point of them!

Part 2 and and most of Part 3 were great, it went by super quick, and I was excited that it was making up for the lackluster beginning.  Then I read the ending.  And I hated it.  Anticlimactic in my opinion. But somehow it’s #5 on Amazon’s bestseller list right after the Fifty Shades of Grey series (which I read, LOVED, and probably should review!).  Maybe if I would have read Gone Girl before Dark Places I would’ve enjoyed it more, who knows, but I kinda wish I could get my money back on this one.  Dark Places had an overall more original story line and plot twists, and in my opinion is a much better read.


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