A Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl. Like Austen's Pride and Prejudice I'm not really sure there's much I can add that hasn't been said by a million people already. I'm gonna go for it anyway.
Amy and Nick Dunne have relocated to a small town in Missouri after the economic downturn forces them to leave their lavish life in New York City. When Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, the cops immediately turn to Nick, and the story begins to unfold from there.
Yeah.. so that's just like a tiny bit of the action packed into this thing. Did I expect everything that was sure to follow part one? Well, yes and no. There were moments, or actions, that were definitely run-of-the-mill, and then there were moments that were like.. what the hell is Flynn doing?!
That was pretty much the whole book. The characters were abrasive and I grew tired of them before finally finishing. I was glad to be rid of them and their twisted dialogue. While I was completely blown away by some of the twists and turns Flynn so artfully placed in the text, I wouldn't say that it would be a top read on my list. I can't site any particular inconsistencies, but I'd say that some events were quite unbelievable. The vulgar language, at times, felt forced and really just didn't do it for me. Otherwise, a great thriller novel.
I've seen numerous comparisons to Tana French, another mystery/thriller author that I absolutely love. Aside from the fact that their work is generally classified as thriller/mystery/crime, there aren't many similarities to warrant such comparison. I find that the writing is much more lyrical in French's work, while Flynn is much more an in-your-face thriller thats prize relies on the mechanics. French usually creates a narrative that is presented by the individuals solving the crime, unlike Flynn, whose characters are those committing the offenses. All and all, if you're looking for a thriller that's going to set you on edge, this is it. It's an entertaining read with many twists and turns.
I read this title to fulfill my pledge to the RIP VII challenge. 2 of 8 completed.