The Writing Life

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Turn the Page #2: Gone Girl


Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’d seen the book on the shelf at the bookstore for months, and I’d picked it up and put it down a few times. With so many books on my “to read” list, I really didn’t need to buy something that hadn’t even made my list yet.
However, one night when looking for something new to purchase on my Kindle, I was going through all the books on my list and got stuck in the dangerous minefields of ‘Reviews’, and found something negative written about every book on my list. So going to the best sellers list, up popped Gone Girl again…this time, I gave in.
I was drawn in quickly by the changing POV format and almost diary-like feel. I stayed glued to the book, following the peaks and valleys of ‘did he?’ or ‘didn’t he?’ that Flynn drives the readers through masterfully. What I liked from a writer’s perspective was the even once the first mystery is solved and you know whether he’s guilty or not, another plot line pulls you in and it’s like you start all over, wondering how this one will end.
While I enjoyed reading the book, and thought the pacing was wonderful, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with its ending. And that’s okay – it’s just my opinion. It doesn’t deter from the fact that I liked the book…I just wanted to see it end differently. The only other criticism I have is in the character development of a couple of minor characters, such as Nick’s father and the female cop. We never really learn anything deep about Nick’s father, and while we’re supposed to believe that the cop always was pulling for Nick – we never learn WHY.
While I’m not one to read thrillers, I enjoyed Gone Girl and would recommend it to those who enjoy the genre.

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2 comments on “Turn the Page #2: Gone Girl

  1. amaya ellman
    November 25, 2012

    It’s so sad for me to hear you couldn’t find anything decent to purchase for your Kindle!

    I’m a dedicated writer of three good quality e-books getting rave reviews from readers (http://ellmanbooks.com/testimonials/) and my thriller ‘Slaughterhouse’ has just been featured in Crime Fiction Lover’s New Talent November slot and is nominated for a major award. Here’s a FAQ of the characters and other interesting info: http://ellmanbooks.com/slaughterhouse-faq/

    ‘Gone Girl’ is on my list of to-reads for sure. I love great books by new authors, too, so thanks for sharing your thoughts about her work.

    Hope you enjoy my blog as much as I’m enjoying reading yours.

    Thanks so much,
    Amaya

    • iamvickiroberts
      November 27, 2012

      Hi Amaya,
      Thanks so much for commenting, and I’ll definitely check out your blog!
      It was just one of those nights where nothing sounded good at that moment, lol – but thanks, I will go check your books this weekend.

      You can also find me on Goodreads and Twitter, so nice to meet up with some great people.

      Vicki

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