Maybe genius is over the top for those of you who are much closer to being a genius than I am, so I’ll settle for saying it’s brilliant instead. There is really no safe way to review this book without giving something away. It’s one of those stories you have to read for yourself for the pure joy of finding out where it leads you.
It lead me in six different directions at once. What’s true? What’s pure fabrication and imagination and delusion? A wife goes missing on the day of a couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, and the husband becomes the main suspect in her disappearance. There are as many clues as there are bizarre things I didn’t see coming. Gotta love a book with all kinds of twists and turns. In other, better words….
I cannot say this urgently enough: you have to read Gone Girl. It’s as if Gillian Flynn has mixed us a martini using battery acid instead of vermouth and somehow managed to make it taste really, really good. Gone Girl is delicious and intoxicating and delightfully poisonous. It’s smart (brilliant, actually). It’s funny (in the darkest possible way). The writing is jarringly good, and the story is, well…amazing. Read the book and you’ll discover—among many other treasures—just how much freight (and fright) that last adjective can bear. (Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan)
So, yes! Do read this brilliant book. You can’t say now that nobody ever told you how brilliant it is.
What’s the first thing you do when you get off work?
If it’s at all possible, I go straight home. So I can hurry up and relax.
If I’ve got stuff to pick up or things to run around doing, I get them done as fast as possible so I can get home and kick off my shoes and sit down and do absolutely dick-all for as long as I can get away with it.
Does that qualify as a routine? It’s a hard one to stick with since there’s always some kind of work that needs to be done after I’m finished with my day job. I wish the pay was as good at home. I throw some laundry in the machine, mess around in the kitchen getting something to eat, check Facebook and my e-mail and do my on-line banking and pay bills and see if Plinky has anything interesting to add inspiration to my day. Wow. Sounds like I’m totally on top of things.
The truth is I’m often too tired to do anything except read for a while and fall asleep.