Gone Girl

Lately I’ve been reading tons of blog posts listing the best books of 2012, and there is one book that consistently appears: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Of course I had to read this book after I heard five unrelated people all give it rave reviews. It seemed to be THE BOOK everyone was talking about last fall, and for good reason.

Honestly, it’s tough to even write about this book without giving away the countless twists and turns the story takes. At it’s root, this is a classic murder mystery story about a wife who goes missing, and everyone suspects her husband. But the husband is the narrator, and we like him from the instant he appears on the page. A narrator has to be trustworthy, he described everything he knew about the morning his wife disappeared, so of course he couldn’t be the actual culprit. Right?

(Minor spoiler alert. Stop reading now if you haven’t read this book!)

The magic that makes this story sing is the unreliable narrator, which I’ve never seen written so beautifully. Readers connect with the grieving husband, we’re angry he’s being wrongly accused, yet why is he carrying a burner cellphone he refuses to answer? And why are his accounts of events so different from his missing wife’s diary? The oddities continue to pile up until the narrator has no choice but to admit a small omission to the reader: he was cheating on his wife.

Bam.

The moment the husband’s credibility is shattered, a whole new world of possibilities opens up. Which version of their relationship is true? What happened to his wife? Did he actually do it? How could two deeply disturbed people be so eerily perfect for each other? Reading this story is like watching a disturbing train wreck lift off the tracks and fly.

Don’t worry, I’ve only revealed the first tiny bump in the road. Countless twists and turns still await you. If you haven’t already – READ THIS BOOK!

About Jennifer Kay

Jennifer Kay is a KidLit author and Structural Engineer. She has a VCFA MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, is an SCBWI Rockford Network Rep, edits the SCBWI IL Prairie Wind, andĀ belongs to Mystery Writers of America. Jennifer works as a writer, freelance editor, literary agency reader, and creative writing teacher.
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