Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Gone Bitch: Steve Lookner, December 29—31, 2014
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
As the year draws to a close, it’s great to revisit one of its greatest hits. Gone Bitch is a parody of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl by Amazon author Steve Lookner.
In this send-up of Flynn’s masterpiece, Amy becomes even more self-obsessed and Nick is unmistakably thrilled by her mysterious disappearance. Many other features of the original are lampooned: Go is now Nick’s incestuous lover, and the overly-affectionate Randy and Marybeth are closet homosexuals. Best of all, the Dunnes’ Missouri home is only accessible via boat.
Gone Bitch is best enjoyed having read Gone Girl. Much of the humour comes from it’s extrapolation of it’s central themes and characters. Lookner has obviously read the original carefully because it takes the parodying job seriously.
This derivative mimics many of the plot twists but has an additional twist at the end, which satirises the twists themselves.
Some near-the-knuckle humour aside, Gone Bitch is everything you want from a parody: detailed, faithful, funny and a reminder of why you enjoyed the original so much in the first place.