Rating: 3.5 / 5
Camille Preaker is a Chicago reporter who has been assigned to cover the disappearance and murder of two little girls in her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri. Camille’s past was troubling and traumatic enough that she has not talked to her mother or half sister in almost eight years, and has not returned to Wind Gap since she left for Chicago. Instead of merely reporting the story, Camille finds herself digging deeper into the secrets of the small town while trying to solve it, and while also confronting her past.
This novel is deeply dark and disturbing. At first I didn’t care for Camille, but then as the story unfolds and I learned more about her, I understood her personality and flaws. Her childhood was destructive, and apparently all those years away has not tempered her mother’s personality and attitude.
Gillian Flynn is clearly a talented writer. I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Girl, well, all but the last 10 pages or so. Flynn’s novels are not lengthy, but she knows how to pack a punch and deliver a story like few other authors. I do love the fact that Flynn’s female characters are atypical- they are manipulative, deceitful, charming, sweet, and flawed. That being said, I wish there was more background into Preaker’s hospital stay. Her backstory seemed a bit choppy, which made her seem relatable some of the times, and absolutely infuriating at other times.