Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gone Girl: 4 Stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

Wow.....just wow. That's honestly how I wanted to leave this review. I literally just wasn't sure what else to say. 

The story takes place from two perspectives: Nick and Amy Dunn. Nick and Amy's marriage is less than happy and life just isn't going as planned. Both lose their jobs and Amy's trust fund money is soon gone.  They are struggling to get by.  Then, on their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears. All possible explanations point to Nick. And Nick is doing nothing to make you believe otherwise.

This book is dark, twisted and evil.  I liked it because it was well-written and executed. I haven't read this well-written of a book in a long, long time. I give Flynn heaps of kudos for a job well done.

But there are a number of reasons I rated this a four and not a five.
  • I hated each and every character. I seriously liked no one. I thought maybe I'd start to like Go, Nick's twin sister, but nope. 
  • It was so dark and evil, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I totally think this was the author's intention, but man is this book just chalked full of evil. I felt like showering after I read it to get the stench of it off me. 
  • The language was almost too much for me.  Language doesn't typically bother me, unless it's the "c" word.  I really really hate that word. I can handle all language except that word. 
Given that list, maybe I should have given this a three instead of a four, but I was thoroughly impressed with the author's eloquence. Its was masterfully written and I give her mad props.

Rating: R (loads of language)


  1. This is a hard on to review, huh? I read it when it first came out, and before I had my blog, but I tried for GR and it was, like: this was amazing, go read it. I was absolutely blown away by this one. It has seriously been going on two years since I read it and I'm still thinking about it. It is hard to root for anybody in this book, but I think that's part of what I liked about it. They are just so...bad. They are all such bad people. I can't wait to see what the author puts out as a follow up. Great review!

  2. I've read all three of Gillian Flynn's book and they are all dark and twisted! Especially Dark Places! I enjoyed all of them for the type of books they are. She has one sick mind lol