Going, Going, Gone!
First Line: “When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.”
I read Gone Girl for a book club. I think it’s a popular title for book clubs. It’s been a crazy bestseller. But, like…we all know that a “popular” book does not necessarily constitute a great book, right?
As always, I’ll try to be blunt in my assessment. Gone Girl is only “okay.” It’s a thriller that explores how far people might go for love, for revenge. We have two narrators: Nick and Amy. He’s a little ho-hum, a little cliche. Amy’s voice (we meet her through diary entries) is somewhat more convincing, but her clever quips can feel a little forced.
Flynn creates some interesting hooks to keep us reading, but I’m not wowed or inspired. It’s an easy read–fitting for a beach trip or a book club discussion. For a more dynamic experience, though, I’d recommend The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. The writing style has a little more depth, the characters’ development is more complex, and the plot has exciting twists and turns that, in my opinion, far surpass “surprises” of Gone Girl.
Bottom Line: I’m thinking the upcoming film adaptation might be an improvement!