Gone Girl – Book Review
I finished up “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn a couple weeks ago, and as promised I am writing a little book review.
This story reminded me of the movie Memento, in that it is presented in a way intended to purposely confuse the reader – and that’s part of the fun. You don’t want to be let in on the secret until you figure it out yourself. I couldn’t put this book down. I read Gone Girl in two and half days, rushing to turn each and every page, doing my best to put all the pieces together. I must have imagined at least three different possibilities for the ending, and none of them were correct. By the time I finished, I was fantastically emotionally exhausted.
Gone Girl is not just a thriller. This book delves into deeper questions. Specifically, what happens when the love of our life isn’t who you thought they were? Flynn explores the differences between who we really are, and the person we present ourselves to be. Nick, the protagonist, tells the reader, “It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless automat of characters.” Nicks wife Amy asks, “Can you imagine, finally showing your true self to your spouse, your soul mate, and having him not like you?” Kind of a chilling question.
Personally, the only thing I didn’t like about Gone Girl, was the ending. I get it. I understand what Flynn is going for. I just don’t agree.
Still, it is such a well-written, all-together fun ride. I recommend Gone Girl to anyone looking for a unique, fascinating little who-done-it, and why’d-the-heck-did-they-do-it.
Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think of the ending (without giving it away)?