A book that my cerebral and literary fangs devoured this past week.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - A psychological roller-coaster, a husband and a wife at war, a comical, scary and a disturbing tale.
Once upon a time, a young bickering couple move from NY to Minnesota and let you in into their turbulent and eerie life. One fine day, the wife disappears, and the long trail of clues that the detectives unearth implicate the husband as the mastermind. Soon, it becomes clear that the wife is dead, and the husband has been cheating with a 23 year old. As you keep reading, the tale begins to unfold and lurch in a direction that will leave you shocked and gasping. Like a deceptive chocolate that looks gooey and warm but turns out crunchy and nutty, the book takes its time to let you in on its big scoop.
The main characters of this book are no heroes - they are psychotic, neurotic egomaniacs. They lie, deceive, cheat and loath their parents. They are spineless and selfish. They kill and are forever prowling to have things go their way. This book is an intriguing foray into the world of psychologically unhinged people and people deranged and depraved enough to not have any conscience but brilliant and disciplined enough to get away with an act of violence or obsessive indulgence.
Its mostly about people being human in the most grotesque and fumbling manner. Be it the husband who does have subtle clues that his wife is bizarre and knows that he does not love his wife and yet stays married to her and cheats on her, or - the clarity lacking and harebrained parents of the wife who have no clue about the monster that their daughter is, or - the obsessive college sweetheart in denial who wont take no for an answer and eventually ends up being the victim of a brutal homicide, or - the addled and dementia afflicted father of the husband who is mysteriously a misogynist and a man who abandoned all responsibilities towards his family, or - the detectives who cannot see beyond what a mastermind wants them to see, or - a sister who loves her brother way too much to critique him on his madman like and self-annihilating behavior, or - the 23 year old student who plays a mistress to the married protagonist despite being fully aware of his marital situation. The one thing common between all characters is their inability to see reality for what it truly is and to harbor delusions at the grandest levels. It made me think: how many of us are being delusional and how many of us truly grasp reality or truth in this day and age.
All in all - its brilliantly written, easy and quick to finish and highly enjoyable.
P.S. My lovely sister kept teasing and threatening to ruin the suspense and plot by letting me know the bottom line. I obliged and let her spoil the shock factor of the book but - to be honest - it did not curb my enthusiasm or my thrill factor as I continued reading. Just goes to show how incredibly awesome this book is. Enjoy.
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.