I enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I had to fight the urge to dismiss the book because it is a popular best seller the last few years and that the movie is coming out this week. There was a part of me that thought, “You’ll just be like everyone else, not unique in your taste.” But honestly, that is just stupid of me to think, to dismiss something because it is popular. I want to enjoy things because I actually enjoy them. I want to create honest reviews and ratings of things because that is who I am. It doesn’t matter if I like something extremely popular or hate something extremely popular, the important part is to be honest with yourself about what you like and don’t like, and I liked Gone Girl.
I do not want to spoil the book at all in this review. Basically we are invited into a missing person case where we read two sides of the events. One side is the side of the husband and the other is the missing person, the wife. We soon find out that their marriage is nothing short of a disaster. They have all the cliche issues that married couples have but there are some poignant passages in the book that give the reader a warning about abusive relationships. The reader sees the signs of abuse in the relationship and Flynn wants us to understand that if we are in that situation ourselves, in real life, that we should walk away.
There are some great plot developments, the mystery of what happened, and what is going to happen pushes the book forward. It wasn’t until the second third of the book when I really started to enjoy the book. Overall I would recommend it to people. It is a decent mystery that has some psychological thriller moments. There is some explicit language in the book, so if that is something that bothers you, you shouldn’t read it. For adults only.