I never could have predicted GONE GIRL. Just when you think you have things figured out, Flynn twists you around, then spins you again. Then again. And that ending! As soon as you finish reading this book, you need to talk about it with someone else who has read it. It is absolutely a Book Club candidate. I'm lucky enough to know two people who have read this book, so we had two very fueled conversations. I just...you cannot even imagine.
Flynn is brilliant at putting together the pieces of a marriage, then deconstructing them. She reveals the reality of what many marriages one day face as they deteriorate over time. When tragedy strikes and a wife turns up missing, Flynn delves into the truth behind what happened. Was she kidnapped? Is the husband hiding something? What is going on? GONE GIRL alternates between the husband's POV "The Day Of" and the wife's backstory is told through diary entries, piecing together a life gone dangerously wrong.
The book does begin on a slow note. It was easy for me to pick it up, then put it back down again. I did this on and off during lunch breaks for a few days. One night, I picked it up, and erroneously decided to read a couple more chapters before turning in for the night. I didn't realize that the speed of the book was about to change. As soon as you hit this one part of the book about a third of the way in, Flynn sends you hurtling into the story. It's no longer easy to put down. I wound up staying up until 2 a.m. because I physically had to know how the book ended. There is absolutely nothing predictable, and Flynn leaves readers breathless as they journey through her pages. If you're looking for a great, suspenseful novel, check out GONE GIRL. There's a reason it's been a Best Seller with massive Word of Mouth this year!