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4.0 out of 5 stars Fiendishly clever mystery novel, May 8, 2012
This review is from: Gone Girl (Hardcover)
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In the first few pages of Gillian Flynn's new novel Gone Girl, I was thinking, "This is it -- one of those rare novels that's unique and totally engrossing, cleverly plotted so that each new development has me astounded and eager to find out what happens next." Then the story continued as Midwestern husband Nick began to deal with his wife Amy's sudden disappearance and some gradually revealed details that might cast doubt on his own innocence in the matter. During that time, the book dropped down from the level of extraordinary to merely somewhat intriguing. However, once I reached Part Two of Gone Girl ("Boy Meets Girl"), it was like Ms Flynn kicked it up a notch, and the book became amazing again. Without giving any spoilers, Part Two unveils some major plot twists that cast Amy's status in an entirely new light. From that point on, the story moves along in powder keg fashion: the fuse has been lit, and it's only a question of how long 'til the explosion, and how much damage will be done when it happens. Flynn has a distinctive writing style that really involved me in what was going on with her two main characters. I had previously purchased but not yet read her Dark Places (after several recommendations). Now I will have to read it, and also get her first book, Sharp Objects. Only one warning, though: Gone Girl contains a fair amount of foul language. This was not a problem for me, but it might be for some readers.
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Initial post: May 27, 2012 11:48:03 AM PDT
Thank you for the language warning, it helps some of us.

Posted on May 29, 2012 3:51:08 PM PDT
Larkin says:
Another "thank you" for the warning about the language. I love it when reviewers include details like this.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 2:13:43 PM PDT
Don't like foul language. We have so many words in the english language why does someone have to resort to gutter language?Do they lack a knowledge of words?

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 8:36:53 AM PDT
Michele says:
Am currently reading this book. Your assessment is spot on. LOVE this book. Just hit Part Two. Oh well, guess wash isn't getting done today!!1

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 3:21:06 PM PDT
J. Wood says:
Just started reading Part 2. I can't put this book down. Your review is spot-on.

I don't like foul language and that's usually enough to keep me from getting a book, however, in this book I think it's a part of building the characters: who they are and why they make the choices they do. I hope language won't keep others from reading this very suspenseful book.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 8:33:59 PM PDT
The comment about the foul language really helped me decide NOT to read it. Thanks so much.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 7:40:59 AM PDT
Pamela Lewis says:
I think it's kind of sad that so many potential readers are going to pass on one of the best books I've ever read simply because you mentioned the foul language. The chacters are from NYC. If they didn't swear a lot they would be completely inauthentic. It's what we do here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 7:48:38 AM PDT
Michele says:
I agree with Pamela. Plus, as someone said in an earlier post, it shapes the characters. It shows how "hard" the characters are. Yes, I cringed at some time with the way he/she spoke....and that was the reaction I believe the author wanted us to have.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 10:12:42 AM PDT
Pamela & Michele, I completely understand your point, and in some ways I too have been concerned that my caution was turning people off to this book. After all, I really liked it. However, I know there are people (like my mom) who would pick up this book after all the coverage and then be really offended by the cursing. Because of swearing, sex, or violence, my mom walked out of what I consider some of the best movies ever made. It is for people like her that I mentioned the foul language. (And by the way, to people who are offended by a lot of swearing in fiction, it does not matter that it's the way real people talk and therefore a more realistic character depiction. Those readers are still upset.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 4:47:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2012 4:48:50 PM PDT
Because this is the way the people who are written about speak. It is common for some people to sprinkle their everyday communication with four letter words. I think the reviewer should not put her caveats into a review. I am 76 yrs old and I am inclined to use FOUL language and I am quite capable of using multisyllabic words too. If you have aroblem with language the subject of this novel will not be to your liking. Try formulaic authors you feel safe with.
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