Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

After I finished reading Gone Girl, my first thought was: I need to read more books like that! Gone Girl is a really thrilling read and one of the best psychological mysteries I’ve ever read. It’s hard to write about Gone Girl without giving anything away about what happens, but what you need to know is that you’ll be glued to pages, anxious to find out the truth and completely shocked by all the twists.

I would be lying if I said I liked the characters, because they were definitely not even bit likeable, but I loved how the author made the characters so complex and realistic. I was horrified to even think that a person, a true psychopath, like that could possibly exist. Gillian Flynn did a great job portraying a dysfunctional marriage between Nick and Amy, but what personally scared me, is that there were moments when I could find myself in their thinking, mostly in the first half of the book. And I started thinking “Am I like that?”, “Are we (me and my boyfriend) like that?”, “Will we become this bored, angry couple?”. Because Nick and Amy’s love story started like all of them do; they were crazy about each other and had this normal, healthy relationship. So what went wrong along the way? Well, I got over my fears in the second half of the book, when we find out how rotten and screwed up they really are.

I’m starting to notice how typical horror books, the ones with flesh-eating monsters and lots of blood and gore, don’t scare me at all. But psychological books like Animal Farm by George Orwell or Gone Girl will give me that disturbing feeling for days, along with many nightmares. Gone Girl is one of those books you won’t easily forget, even if you want to. But I’m still looking forward to reading other books by Gillian Flynn, even if they’re as twisted as Gone Girl. I wouldn’t want to know how Flynn’s mind works, but judging by Gone Girl, she’s nothing short of a genius.