by Gillian Flynn
Huh, the first half of the book is ok. It chronicals Nick and Amy and their marriage. Nick has found out Amy is missing/has been taken by force in present day, and it alternates with passages from Amy’s journal during the years of their marriage. It sort of becomes a “he said, she said” because their telling of events is so different. Nick’s character ends up weird, you don’t know if he is telling the truth, he drops that he is lying to the police but not really what those lies are. He really is an unreliable narrator and you just keep reading to find out what happened because both characters don’t seem that great. In fact, I didn’t like anyone in this book but I was reading it for bookclub and had only a couple of days to finish (my mom had to loan me her iPad so I could “borrow” the book, I am getting more and more annoyed with electronic books!! Dang publishers don’t let you loan certain books and still charge about the same as paper). Anyway, I kept with it and was rewarded with twists and turns galore. I still didn’t care much for the characters, but the story Flynn takes us on was worth the price of admission.
Anyway, it becomes, well, not thrilling exactly, but interesting. Crazy, sick in the head and a lot crazy, some depravity too.
I recently read a short novella by Michael Cargill called Underneath. You never know what is lurking in someones head, who they really are, what they are about, when they will snap. That idea reminds me of this book. It really is an amazing psychological foray into the public, the police, grieving parents, the accused and how people take their marriage vows. Everyone has some sort of issue from when they were young and how it has translated into who they are today. It is fascinating.
Emotionally, I wanted to throw this book out the window a few times. I couldn’t cause it was on a reader – so not satisfying for my dramatic fits of pique! The ending was – are you kidding me?! But not in a “I hate the ending way” (for me) but more in a “I don’t know anyone like this and hope I never find out they are real” way. There are some sickos out there and in this book!
So, I hope you are interested. You have to get through some pages to really get sucked into this story. The twisty curly storyline pulls and tugs and snips and snaps until you don’t know which side is up. Then, find someone else who read this to freak out with and discuss because it is important to decompress (I was about to write decompose – too many zombie novels lately!). 4 stars. Crazy, crazy stuff man. I need to read something fluffy & cozy now.
Early comments from bookclubers have everyone liking the book but almost hating the ending. It should make for a VERY lively discussion which I am very much looking forward to it. Somehow I am going to have to play devil’s advocate and see what I can stir up. Meeting is Wednesday, if anything good/crazy/funny happens, I will let you know.