Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl is one riveting mystery

This one may just end up on my Best Books of 2012 list.

Gone Girl, the new psychological suspense thriller by Gillian Flynn may move at a snail’s pace, but it’s riveting. I found the plotting not only intricate, but brilliantly formulated, and it reminded me of Scott Turow’s legal thrillers Presumed Innocent .and Innocent, both mind-bending novels. In Gone Girl, the story unfolds thus: it’s Nick and Amy Elliott Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary and Amy goes AWOL. She just vanishes, but not without a trace. There are actually plenty of traces, each one perfectly created for maximum effect.

The book is fashioned in alternating chapters devoted to Nick and Amy’s skewed versions of the truth. Or what they’re calling the truth. Both husband and wife weave a never-ending trail of lies that point the finger of blame in each other’s direction.

When nasty news leaks out about Nick, the police and the townspeople of North Carthage, Missouri are certain that he’s killed Amy and disposed of her body. But the more the reader learns about perfectionist Amy and her somewhat twisted, rich-girl background, the more you get to thinking that she disappeared herself. But I’m not telling.

With dark wit and a sharp mind, Gillian Flynn has produced one of the best suspense novels in ages. It may not be everyone’s cup of hemlock, but if you enjoy guessing who-dun-it, this novel won’t disappoint. It’s chock full of red herrings that will keep you reading late into the night.

And finally, I have some great news for you hardcore book club groups that are registered with Richmond Public Library!  You can now reserve book club sets of ten books just like you do regular books, except the book club sets can be borrowed for six weeks. There are no renewals allowed though, due to the extended loan period and popularity of these sets. Just reserve the book club sets online at www.yourlibrary.ca/findall/.

Shelley Civkin is with Richmond Public Library. For other popular reading and viewing suggestions check out Richmond Public Library’s web site at www.yourlibrary.ca/goodbooks/.


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