Monday, January 20, 2014
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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 . . .