Gillian Flynn creates complex characters and delves into their thoughts and interactions. Her writing is smart and complex, making you examine the twists and turns and willing you to determine what the conclusion is, yet doesn’t leave you feeling disappointed when the conclusion is not as you may have expected.
She presents Libby as the victim, the child spared when her mother and sisters are brutally murdered. Being the only witness, she must testify against her brother, putting him in jail for these horrible crimes. This is a victim we should easily feel sorry for, yet Flynn adds another layer to Libby’s character making her a victim that you at times like and dislike.
Flynn’s tale examines people’s assumptions, intentions, motives, actions, and their consequences. This is a tightly wound thriller that will not disappoint.
Flynn carries her smart writing right through to her entertaining acknowledgements. I love this line, in reference to her husband: “What do I say to a man who knows how I think and still sleeps next to me with the lights off?”