The Girls by Emma Cline is the type of book that is so exceptional, I almost feel like I’m doing it a disservice by blogging about it. I don’t usually place too much emphasis on the literary versus the non-literary (e.g. genre works, or “just […]
I mentioned how much I was loving Robert Galbraith’s mystery novels in my August favorites, but it took me all of September (and most of October) to get through The Silkworm. That’s not to say that this book isn’t engaging: in fact, it’s a page-turner. […]
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s dark novel, has made waves in the book world as well as on screen. The mystery follows the disappearance of a beautiful woman named Amy. Where is Amy? Is she dead? Who did it? The book is full of surprises and twisted characters, enhanced by Flynn’s depiction of the way the media can affect a case. The novel is the inverse of a fairytale: instead of ending with a happily-ever-after, it begins with happily-ever-after gone wrong. If you are looking for a book with relatable characters or a positive outlook on romantic relationships, this one probably isn’t for you. But if you enjoy suspense or are looking for a true page-turner, look no further. Psychologically intriguing but utterly jarring, Gone Girl is not for the faint of heart.
If perhaps you are curious about Gone Girl, but not interested in reading the book, I would recommend watching the film. It is one of the best page-to-screen adaptations I have ever seen, with notable performances by Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neal Patrick Harris. Regardless of the film’s association with a novel, it is an excellent thriller.