Posts tagged gone girl
Posts tagged gone girl
Ironically, now that publishers have stopped pinning “for readers who loved Gone Girl!” to any thriller with a complex female protagonist that stays put long enough, a book that is actually for readers who loved Gone Girl has popped up its head. That book is Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty. Chockablock with moral ambivalence and thoughtful examination of the relationships between men and (strong) women, this book will string you along slowly and then go for a punch that you know is coming, and which will surprise you anyway. One scene actively repulsed me (like, I was making weird lizardy motions with my neck trying to get away from it), which I always love in a book. Great smart thriller.
Y’all probably have better suggestions?
I guess the common thread I’m imagining here is propulsive mysteries with interesting female characters that are about about human nature and shifting perspectives and the ultimate unknowability of the inner lives of other people?
I have been thinking about this. Hmmmm! I have read a number of books this year that were pitched in their flap copy as the new Gone Girl, but surprise surprise, no dice. In the straight-up mystery arena, I think a number of authors provide interesting female characters and focus more on human nature than whodunit: Denise Mina, Laura Lippman, Tana French. I also liked The Shining Girls by Lauren Buekes, out earlier this year. That’s closer to Stephen King than Gillian Flynn, I think, but it sounds like you would like it. It didn’t get nearly the attention I thought it would, which is the reverse of Gone Girl.
A book I like to recommend to people who liked Gone Girl specifically for its shifting perspectives and occasionally-uncomfortably-close-to-home female voice is Clown Girl by Monica Drake. (So many girls!) Lord, few books have made me squirm the way that one did. It is decidedly weirder than Gone Girl, though, and doesn’t have much of a mystery, aside from “OMGGGGG why does she put up with that from him?!” Which, honestly, if any of us knew the answer to that question, we’d have book deals of our own. Also, it’s from 2009, so not this year.
I certainly hope someone else has an answer to this one. But honestly, I think half the excitement around Gone Girl in the first place came out of how rare a bird it was.
This has been a #bookadvice post. I’m answering one #bookadvice question most days this month, and occasionally relying on the advice of other people, for reasons to be explained at a later date. Go ahead and post your own questions under the #bookadvice tag, or answer one. Or answer this one!
So I’m not yet certain if Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL is my favorite crime novel of 2012, but it will almost certainly be up there. And so far I’d say it’s a favorite of a great many people thus far, hitting #2 on the NYT bestseller list its first week out, tons and tons of raves/ongoing reads in my…
Well, this is just fucking FANTASTIC.
Normally when people say that, they’re being sarcastic, but I assure you, I am not being sarcastic! I am about to put half of this on hold at the library.