Six Degrees of Separation: Gone Girl

I often find myself at odds with the average reader, and tend to avoid books that are surrounded by as much hype as this one was, but I have to say, I thought Gone Girl was a ripping thriller.


A book that I think would appeal to people who loved Gone Girl is This Bright River by Patrick Somerville. Like Gone Girl it’s a psychological thriller but I found it better than Gone Girl in almost every way: more beautifully written, more plausible, funnier, and more emotionally engaging.

As the title suggests, This Bright River is about a river, as is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Patchett is one of my favourite writers, and this is widely regarded as her best book (though my personal favourite is Bel Canto). Set in the Amazon, it is an adventure, a mystery and a love story.

State of Wonder revolves around scientific research, like Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver in which a group of scientists come to study a ‘flutter’ of butterflies behaving in unexpected ways. (For me, the other more personal connection between State of Wonder and Flight Behaviour is that both are books I’ve bought for my mum as gifts.)

In Flight Behaviour Kingsolver considers the impact of climate change on the natural world. In The MaddAddam Trilogy(Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam) Margaret Atwood explores the impact of too much scientific meddling on the human population, specifically, the dangers of giving pharmaceutical companies free rein.

Atwood’s trilogy is apocalyptic, and when I think about the apocalypse, I can’t go past The Passage by Justin Cronin, a zombie apocalypse story which had me staying up way past my bedtime, despite the fact I believed I did not like zombie books. How wrong I was!

Justin Cronin‘s debut novel couldn’t be more different to The Passage. Mary and O’Neill is a novel-in-stories; the beautiful and touching story of one couple over a lifetime. The story is nothing out of the ordinary but the writing is gorgeous, and I absolutely fell in love with this book and its two central characters.

From a deranged marriage to a very happy one, via the zombie apocalypse – all in a day’s work here at Six Degrees of Separation! I wonder where Emma ended up?

Your turn: 6 Degrees of Separation is an original meme hosted by authors Annabel Smith (that’s me!) and Emma Chapman. All are welcome to join in; just follow the guidelines below. And if you don’t have a blog, simply post your chain in the comments.


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20 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: Gone Girl

    1. I look forward to hearing what you think of some of my beloveds! Thanks for being such a dedicated #6degrees-er! Emma’s been pretty flat out with her indie book crawl so we haven’t worked out our book for next month – I’ll let you know asap.

  1. Bel Canto is one of my favourites too but perhaps the last page needs to be ripped out? Hmmm… undecided.
    I have both The Passage and The Twelve on my bookcase and really want to find time to read them. You have recommended them to me before and my husband really enjoyed both so that’s two trustworthy endorsements.

    Here’s my list:

    1. When I first read it I was shocked by the epilogue, it seemed too silly but I I have got used to it now and feel like I understand it on some level – the sense of needing to be with someone who could understand what you had been through and what you had lost. Also, without it, the ending would have been just too unbearable don’t you think?

    1. The books that sell the most copies are rarely the best ones, IMHO! Although I enjoyed Gone Girl, I think there are plenty of better books that deserve that level of stardom.

    1. Well you couldn’t get much further apart than that!

      The Passage is MASSIVE but it is so gripping you’ll rip through it – I read it in 3 nights!

  2. I’m late this month! (My post goes live Friday), but I did LOVE ‘The Passage’ have you read the sequel, I think it’s supposed to be a trilogy, so I’m just waiting for the third book. 🙂

    1. Thanks for joining us Kayleigh. It’s weird, isn’t it, how at that moment in a bookshop, we absolutely HAVE to have that book, but then we look at it every day for months or years with absolutely no desire to crack the spine.

    1. No yoghurt! FAIL! I demand there be a yoghurt connection every time. Oh, wait, you’ve got an elephants connection. Okay I’ll let you off.

    1. Anyone who loves Mary and O’Neil is alright by me! I think it’s such an underrated book. I’ll look forward to seeing your chain next month.

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