In honor of the release of the film version this weekend, my Monday must-read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Flynn, a former writer for EW magazine, wrote two books previous to Gone Girl (Dark Places and Sharp Objects–both also recommended). Her style of suspense and writing combine for a very enjoyable reading experience.
While we all know 90% (or more) of the time the book is better than the movie, I’m excited for this film release because Flynn helped write the screen play and was very involved with the film process. And potentially, she wrote a new ending for the movie.
If you’re looking for a good mystery with some crazy twists that will keep you guessing until the end, I highly recommend this book. Amy and Nick Dunne are not your typical all-American family, but they have qualities that resonate within all of us.
As an aside, the Nancy Grace-inspired character in the book gave me a few laughs. There’s such an exaggerated sense of justice there, and yet, Amy’s interaction with the show raises a question I had never thought of: What if people commit crimes to get fame on one of those true crime shows? Is that where we are as a society?
Gone Girl is a masterful mystery. I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. If you’re like me and want to read the book before you see the movie, you can easily get this one done this week before the movie release Friday.