Monday, January 20, 2014

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book is . . . I can't even . . . what on earth? . . . holy crap.

I haven't been this wowed by a contemporary book since, oh I don't know, ever? It had me absolutely gripped from the opening credits -I listened on audio, all 15 disks- until the very last passage. It was just bad timing that I started it before the holidays when I had to take long breaks to attend to domestic obligations, power outages, ice storms and polar vortexes. I was stranded, I tell you. Stranded. A piece of advice? Clear your calendar for this one. Set in supplies and take the phone off the hook because Gone Girl is unputdownable.

What's it about? It's about a guy looking for his missing wife. It's a psychological thriller. I can't say more or I might give something away. And really, it's best read without expectations or assumptions. There. That's all I'm going to say. Get your hands on a copy to read or listen to before the movie comes out in October. Apparently they've rewritten the ending for the movie...? Hmm. Curious. I thought the ending of the book would be perfectly serviceable on the screen. Whatever. With the cast they've got lined up, I'm sure it will be splendid.

As good as it is, though, I have some questions about what appear to be holes in the plot. Not many. One or two. The overall story is so gripping, so good, that I'm willing to let a couple things go. But still. Anyone else? I don't want to get into specifics here because that would be spoiler-y, but perhaps email to discuss . . .

7 comments:

Kailana said...

I have heard so much good stuff about this author, but just never got around to her yet. I was considering audio when I do, so glad this was good.

Daisy said...

I haven't read this, but based on your recommendation, it sounds like I should give it a try. I've heard others rave about it too.

Katharine Ott said...

Can't wait to read it! Bring on the negative temps and maybe they'll call school off again!

Trish said...

Kailana - yes, I've heard she has some other books out, also psycho-thriller-ish. I must seek them out!

Daisy - it's good and well worth a try. It's pretty intense.

Katherine - Yes, wouldn't that be great?! I love winter :)

BECKY said...

A writer friend just told me about this book the other day! I've got to read it now, too. I love your recommendation!

booksandreviews said...

I loved it as well and it is a very addictive book. Are you eager to watch the upcoming movie?

Trish said...

Becky - It's a good one, that's for sure.

B&R - Yes, I can't wait for the movie. It promises to be good.