I know, I know: this was the it book of 2012, and I am late to the party.
It’s a pretty rad party.
Gone Girl is part mystery, part comedy, part domestic drama, and entirely, viciously delightful. Amy disappears on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary, and police attention begins to swirl (inevitably?) on her attractive husband with the flimsy alibi. But nothing turns out how you think it will.
Highly recommended, especially as a highbrow beach read.
8 thoughts on “Recommended Reading: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn”
Both my sister and a good friend have recommended this one to me. I really want to read it, and I’m glad to hear that you liked it too! Now I just have to wait for a copy from the library. That could take months!
I thought it would take months too! But it turns out that it was already shelved with the regular, not-new fiction — so there wasn’t any wait at all. Weird.
Read this book earlier in the year and loved it — wasn’t anything I expected. Quite a roller coaster ride! You’re right about it being a perfect beach read. It reminded me a bit of Patricia Highsmith’s work, where you find yourself on some level of complicit compassion with an individual whom you never in a million years would think to sympathize with in real life……brilliant when a writer can pull that off. 🙂
Agreed! I’ve never read any Patricia Highsmith — do you have any favorites that I should add to my (ever-expanding) to-read list?
Hmmm….well, I’m partial to he series of Ripley books. Do you know the character? He’s an art thief, identity thief, wealthy, and a murderer who happens to be married……very interesting. But I’ve read a few of her books and I like them all. A bit twisted, but psychologically brilliant and very real. Start with Ripley and see what you think — and what you can stomach. 😉 If you liked Gone Girl, you probably won’t bat an eye over ol’ Tom.
I don’t know the Ripley character, but I’ll add them to my list! Thanks!
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