So I read…..
GONE GIRL by GILLIAN FLYNN
Warning: Spoilers ahead
What I expected:
Now this book got a huge popularity boost following the movie release which stars Ben Affleck as the main character. So I’d heard a lot about it. So imagine my surprise when on a very rare visit to Colombo, I found it. Actually, my friend found it but I bought it. So yeah. Anyway, from what I heard, I expected a kind of straight-up missing wife story which ultimately led to the husband being arrested. I did expect it to be good though having read more than a few comments by avid readers. So….
What I felt when I was reading:
Dark. The book is very dark. It’s not set in a haunted mansion but from the get-go, the whole tone reeks of misty moors and chilly rainy evenings. Basically the whole theme of The Killing TV show. And it’s good. I like books that are honest. Yes there’s something to say for books that deceive readers by lulling them into rainbow-candy-unicorn land before dropping them into Purgatory but there’s also a LOT to say for books that says all the bullshit straight to you when you start reading: THIS STORY IS DARK.
The writing was pretty good but then that’s all there is to say about it. It’s neither insipid and simple nor elaborate, eloquent and poignant. Gillian Flynn took the whole simplistically modern style and blasted it into smithereens. Though this book has no special trademarking material in terms of writing style, you will remember it.
The Characters were very realistic but a few of the supporting characters were very much stereotypes. Officer Rhonda being an example. Also the attorney. It’s like the author focused a huge lot of effort into making Nick and Amy real that the rest of the cast didn’t end up with so much attention.
Although at the start, all the characters feel like cliches. Amy is the rich daughter of writers in New York and she lives a charmed life writing for a magazine. Then she meets Nick, devastatingly handsome yet very much human writer Nick also working for a magazine. He’s not from NY though. He’s from a farming family.
But as the book goes on, chinks in the stereotypes grow and by the end of it, the Nick and Amy of the beginning don’t exist anymore.
What I felt once the book was finished:
Wow. Truly a marvel. This is one of those books that deserve to join the mystery Hall of Fame because until the very end, this book keeps the readers drawn in.
The murder/disappearance is solved about 3/4 way in but even then, the story still had glue-your-nose-to-the-pages value. And that is a mountain and hill to climb for any author. Especially if one is writing mystery.
This book is nerve-tinglingly good. It’s creepy, It’s diabolical and pretty fucking creepy. Yes I know I mentioned that earlier but some scenes WILL give you hair-raisingly creepy sensations.
1. Don’t marry psychopaths. Or sociopaths. Especially those who are writers.
2. If the cover looks even the teensiest bit scary or foreboding, then the story will stop you from sleeping soundly for at least a night or two.
Accomplishment. Did I lock the windows?