Welcome to February’s edition of my Author’s Birthday Series! This month is all about Gillian Flynn!
About the Author
Gillian Flynn was born on the 24th February 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended the University of Kansas and received undergraduate degrees in English and journalism. She then went on to achieve a masters in journalism.
Before she wrote her debut novel Sharp Objects, Flynn was a writer for Entertainment Weekly for 10 years.Since Sharp Objects, Flynn has published Dark Places, Gone Girl and The Grownup. Her works have earned a lot of well-deserved attention from Edgar Awards to being a New York Times Best Seller. Her first three novels have been or are currently being adapted into movies.
I really have no idea why I waited so long to read Gone Girl – it’s absolutely brilliant! I heard about this book a few years ago and didn’t really have the time to read it so I did the unthinkable, I read the plot on Wikipedia.
So I kind of spoiled the ending but it didn’t spoil the overall book experience for me. I had only read the ending but the beginning of the book is so different to what I’d read happens at the end, so I mostly forgot about the spoilers. I could not put this book down. If my busy Christmas schedule had permitted it, I would’ve read it in a matter of hours.
Okay onto the contents of the book…
Each chapter alternated between Nick and Amy, telling their respective stories so you really get a feel of each character’s thoughts and feelings. I loved the turn taking of chapters for Nick and Amy as one thing I’ve always wanted from books is an insight into more than one character’s mind. But my favourite part of the alternative chapters was how normal they seemed at the beginning, even with their normal names but the further you delve into the book you realise just how much darker things are.
Each chapter lead perfectly onto the next and left me desperate for more. Each chapter alternated between Amy and Nick and every single chapter ended on a mini cliff hanger. This meant that to find out more from the previous chapter of one character you had to read through the chapter of the other character.
“What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?”
I was completely and utterly gripped throughout the entire book. Flynn writes so beautifully managing to give both Amy and Nick clear distinct voices from each other. She also managed to style the diary entries of each character to make you feel a certain way about them. Without giving too much away in the beginning Flynn writes in such a way that ensures the reader will hate Nick and feel sympathy for Amy.
Potential Spoilers Ahead – Beware!
Even though I suspected the 180 turn around towards the end (due to my impatience and the remark from Rob Kardashian comparing Kim K to Amy) I suspected that the beginning wasn’t all it seemed. Without knowing, though, I would never have guessed.
The ending was so abrupt that I’m still desperate for more. It’s also a bit of a shock as you realise that it isn’t just Amy who’s unhinged but Nick is too, especially as you spend most of the book rooting for him. Their love and relationship is so bizarre that it makes you think: can you ever really know someone?
Have you read a book this month where the author’s birthday in this month too?