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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

October 7, 2013


I may have liked this book a little more if it hadn’t been so over-hyped. It starts off as a fairly standard mystery/suspense/thriller. On the fifth anniversary of Nick and Amy Dunne, New Yorkers recently transplanted to a town in Missouri, Amy goes missing and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. This is the most interesting act in the novel, as it gets into the media frenzies that cover these kinds of crimes, complete with a thinly-veiled Nancy Grace airhead, and how they actually impact the cases.

The narration jumps back and forth between Nick and Amy’s points of view and moves along pretty well. We get a pretty nice plot twist in the second act. But the third act is so implausible, the pop psychology so heavy-handed and the characters all so unlikable that by the end I just wanted the book to be over. Entertainment Weekly said, “You are about to meet a maniac you could fall in love with,” as if the villain here were as good as Hannibal Lecter. I wish they were, but they’re not even close.

I seem to be in the minority, and I admittedly don’t read much crime fiction, but this story doesn’t hold a candle to anything I’ve read by Thomas Harris or Dennis Lehane.

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