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Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to receive a copy of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" in the mail. The package was simply too thick to get into my mailbox and I was therefore forced to pick up the book at the local post office. That was very promising! When I finally unpacked the book, it was a pleasure to discover that the story was 493 pages long. The chance for a good reading experience had increased - and I was definitely not disappointed.
After reading the first few chapters of "Gone Girl", I had to go on-line to check if Gillian Flynn really was a woman. The stylistic change between the female protagonist, Amy's thoughts and her husband, Nick's thoughts are so significant that I could suspect Gillian Flynn to be a pseudonym for two writers of opposite sex.
The girlish and feminine way Gillian writes when she expresses Amy's thoughts, is in huge contrast to Nick's masculine behavior and thinking. I am really impressed with her personification of the two main characters.
After I finished the book, there are only few characters that springs to mind, and that's a good thing. Gillian Flynn has made the gallery extremely simple and uncomplicated, without oversimplifying the story. And that 's what makes the plot work so well.
Simply put, the book depicts a power struggle between two spouses and it is their story we want to hear. If the cast was larger and more complex, all the fine details would vanish and the book's eligibility would be lost.
Gillian Flynn's writing style is very straightforward. There are many authors who are able to provide better usage of the words but Gillian. But what she lacking in linguistic finesse is offset in the plot. I love words. I love delicious, linguistic details and unfortunately there were not too many to be found in "Gone Girl". But what the book lacks in linguistic qualities were fully offset by one of the most crafty and cruel plot, I have long been introduced to. I would not at all reveal the book's action - the readers must be allowed to experience that for themselves - but the finish is so cruel, so vicious, that I, still a few days after finishing the reading of the book, feel quite badly when I think back on its consequences. Talk about a good plot!
"Gone Girl" IS an excellent book. Because Gillian Flynn is an accomplished storyteller. Because she knows how to reveal the dark side of the main characters, in a way that any reader will presumably relate to in a greater or lesser degree. And because the plot is so amazing well worked out. No loose ends - just really good entertainment.