Reading Recommendation: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Fair warning: Gone Girl is NOT a genre book. But it’s worth reading, especially for my writer friends. I picked it up for stress relief – to get away from the books I usually read. It did succeed on that level. But more, it’s one of the best unreliable narrator pieces of work I’ve seen at this length in a long time. An unreliable narrator is easy in short fiction, or at least “sort of” easy. It’s a technique that allows no mistakes. I’ve found it very hard to sustain well, even for long stories, And here Gillian Flynn has pulled it off for a whole book. Gone Girl is a really, really good example of a novel length unreliable narrator.
It’s also good for hooks and tension and twists. This is a book where I actually disliked both main characters almost immediately, and certainly by the end of the book. But I kept reading.
I found this book to be a nice escape, delightfully well-written, and a good book to learn technique from. It was also very different from almost anything else I’ve read. That’s a good thing!