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Experience the Human Nature in its Worst: A Review on Gillian Flynn’s Four Books

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on March 20, 2016

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This article was updated on July 11, 2017

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, Dark Places, Gone Girl, and The Grownup were no less than masterpieces. Her books were full with sharp wit, dark insight, and unmistakable talent that nothing would ever feel the same way once you finished them; they were extremely shocking, very psychologically disturbing and highly-addictive that you would never see the twists and turns coming. As all four of them were very original, one must say that they resembled each other in very unusual ways.

In terms of her characters, Gillian Flynn wrote extremely flawed, daunting, and dislikeable characters (especially women) that it became her hallmark. It was throughout her novels that I fell in love with such characters and began to have soft spot for them during my reading experience. The way Flynn wrote her characters, crafting them in complex and extremely well-layered ways—as if they were sewn in layers within layers—held no less than uniqueness and authenticity to her works. Not only did Gillian Flynn ambush the reader in her writing, but so were her unreliable characters, who were in extreme ability and in charge of ambushing the readers and mess-up with their minds that the characters left nothing, not even a single detail, without unfolding them to daunt the reader (and of course the rest of the characters).

Places and set-ups had extremely significant—and haunting—aspects that added up to Gillian Flynn’s books. There was a deep entanglement and affiliation that held the characters and their unsecured and unsettling identities deeper and closer into the plots, like the New York and Missouri aspect in Gone Girl, the ‘haunting’ Victorian mansion in The Grownup, and the demonizing home towns in Sharp Objects and Dark Places, where you could feel nothing but a shadowy figure lurking in plain sight.

When it came to themes, Gillian Flynn had an acute observation on both the human mind and emotions that she explored them within the different relationships—where hidden layers resonated within the dark human nature—like: husband-wife relationship (Gone Girl); brother-sister & mother-children relationships (Dark Places); mother-daughter & sister-sister relationships (Sharp Objects). In addition, Gillian Flynn brought out questions about self-identity in the most twisted and sickest ways you could imagine.

For one last note: Beware, these books have sharp teeth, and their bites are deadly.


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