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Review of Gone Girl: Gripping Psychological Suspense

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TYPE OF SUSPENSE: PSYCHOLOGICAL

WARNINGS: LANGUAGE, F-BOMBS, AND GRAPHIC TALK ABOUT SEX.

I really debated over whether to give this four or five stars. Five would indicate perfection, and there were things I didn’t like. As others have mentioned in reviews, there wasn’t really a great character to pull for. The language was too coarse for me, and the ending was not emotionally satisfying.

But after much thought…I have to give it a five.

This was the first weekend in ages I’ve had just relaxing over a truly good read. This is the first book I’ve found in quite awhile that made me late to appointments, made me shirk things around the house because I had to know what the heck was going to happen next. And trust me, it could be just about anything! I had to reward that kind of reading pleasure with a five.

This is psychological suspense in every sense of the word. The twists and turns are not only brilliant, creative, unexpected, but they flow out of the psyches of the two main characters. Even the ending–which I criticized as emotionally unsatisfying–is right for the story and the psychological make-up of the characters. It isn’t convenient or written to give a contrived twist to the story.

So if, like me, you like suspense–but not the kind of suspense where people are running around with guns and chasing each other in cars, but the darker, scarier kind that comes from “what lurks in the minds of men,” this will be a great read for you.

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