Book #56: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Though I’d previously read Gone Girl when it was first released in 2012, I thought it would be fun to revisit it before the David Fincher’s film adaptation is released this fall. I’m so very glad I reread this incredibly twisted and deeply entertaining novel. When I first read the book, I was the only person in my group of friends and family to have read it, and I was dying to have someone to discuss it with. Thankfully, my copy has made its way around, so I no longer feel like I’m bursting with information about it.

I don’t want to give much away about the story if you’ve not read it, but it’s fair the say that this book primarily follows the life of Nick Dunne, a man facing the disappearance of his wife, Amy, whose voice is also present in the alternating chapters through diary entries. (My description here only really touches on Part 1 of the book, but I can’t go further without spoiling something.) Suffice it to say that I was on the edge of my seat through this novel, both the first and second times reading it. Flynn does a fantastic job of making readers want more from her characters to the point that it’s very difficult to put this book down.

It was very interesting to read this novel for a second time and pick up on details that seem irrelevant until you know the outcome of the story. My only complaint was that it’s just not as fun to read it when you know how things end; if only I could return to the state of oblivion I was in when I first read it. Despite this fact, though, I’m still a huge fan of the book and can’t wait to see what David Fincher does to put this story on screen.


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