I don’t understand the point of being together if you’re not the happiest.
My mind is Gillian Flynn’s bouncy ball. Up, down, over, up, down, up…
This book toyed with my heart and mind more than any book has done in a long time. Imagine the emotional turmoil that Titanic leaves you with (yes, the pain is still very fresh for me as I saw it for the first time just over a week and a half ago), but this time your mind is sucked in too. I hated this book. I loved this book. I still don’t know what to make of it.
I picked up this book knowing three things about it:
- It was called Gone Girl
- It was by Gillian Flynn
- It was (is) extremely popular
The whole book I was trying to discover if it was a thriller, horror, romance, etc. I have finished the book and I still don’t know how to categorize it. This is an incredible work of art. Flynn’s characters are unpredictable yet believable. Her twists had me yelling in my empty apartment at my kindle. A few times I actually thought I was gonna pass out. I simply couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to satisfy my burning curiosity.
Now, there are a few things I just have to mention. Not to take away from the magnificence of this heart-wrenching book, but just a few things that my conscience was poking at me for. Language and sexual content. The sexual content, it can be argued, was contextual. I think it was a bit excessive and more explicit than I would prefer, but you can dismiss me as a conservative and plunge right in if you like. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. The language was, without doubt, excessive and not entirely contextual. I think fifty pages could have been shaved off Gone Girl had each profane word been removed. As with every review, I want to remind you that this is not a reason to avoid the book, but rather to assist you in your efforts to read with discernment.
Here is typically where I would include a summary about the book. I can barely do so without adding spoilers. Nick is a lazy husband who thought he could maintain the fires of love without ever adding more kindling. Amy is a wife with a long past and a sharp mind. One day—their fifth anniversary, actually—Amy goes missing.
If you are emotionally secure…mentally stable…and okay with those two things changing, then this book is for you! Any book that makes me think about it almost nonstop for days after reading it is a must-read.