“Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom.”
Gillian Flynn! Gillian Flynn! Gillian Flynn! For me she sparkled right through 2014. Gillian Flynn had me first excited about her book, Gone Girl, which was my first tryst withe her creative brilliance, and then the movie, which she screen wrote herself. (To find out how I felt about her book click here.)
So, I naturally wanted to progress onto her other works. But you know how you don’t want to OD over heady, dark and gritty books? That’s exactly what kept me away from this one for this long.
Let’s now venture into what this book is about. Camille Preaker, a journalist who is just out of an asylum is dealing with her own self when she’s handed her first major assignment, to cover a twin abduction and murder in her native, Wind Gap, which is the last place she wants to be. The turn of events following the investigation of the twin murders puts her face-to-face with a lot of issues she isn’t equipped to deal with yet. As the story unfolds we find us reeling in a whirlpool of mess Carmille is in.
The story is intensely disturbing and complicated, fiercely raw, dark and gritty.
This one is not for teenagers or kids, given the number of teen aged characters it has. Unless you are a grown up you don’t want to read this, not for the sexual content (it’s not the least bit erotic), but for the bod rawness. I often wonder what being in Gillian Flynn’s mind would be like. I read this book at a time when my mind was clouded with dealing with some of the toughest decisions of my life. It was a time when I questioned by sense of self worth and this book urged me to take control over my life. You know how sometimes knowing people with much more messed up lives than you puts your life into perspective? That’s sort of therapeutic. That’s what this book did to me.
Verdict: The book hits the right spots if you like dark, raw and gritty subjects.