Date Completed: 11/23/2015
Although initially filled with patriarchal bs, Flynn hit the mark with this book. A recommendation from a friend, I was pleasantly surprised at the depth to which the plot went. The twists were amazingly unpredictable (no pun intended). Her writing style was excellent, but more than that, her story felt relatable, as if possibly someday I could fall into a situation resembling this horror story. The middle of the book was a bit too long and drawn out, but the depth to which each character went for revenge made up for that fact. The author definitely achieved my hatred of all of her characters by the end.
In addition to an incredibly fascinating plot-line that is all too realistic, Flynn sparked philosophical inquiry into who I am as a person, and where I fit into the grand scheme of things. In thinking about his wife’s actions and reactions, Nick (the main character) thinks, “It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters. And if all of us are play-acting, there can be no such thing as a soul mate, because we don’t have genuine souls.”Sparking this kind of philosophical questioning takes this sort of novel to the next level and makes it personal, rather than leaving it at the details and the baseline emotions of the characters.
Gillian Flynn is the author of three other novels, including her most recent The Grownup. Born in Kansas City, MO, this author writes about Missouri in Gone Girl, which I appreciate as a fellow Missourian.