I pre-ordered this book when I first heard it was coming out. My expectations were high, and this book shot right over the top of them. I think Flynn is evolving and improving as a writer. I loved Dark Places, though not as much as I loved Sharp Objects. Sharp Objects was pretty much perfect. Dark Places was amazing, but the structure felt the tiniest bit unbalanced, as though she expanded the scope of her narrative a little too fast. Note the diminutive adjectives I use, because I do mean "the tiniest bit" and " a little". It isn't much of a criticism to say Dark Places was slightly less perfect than Sharp Objects. Gone Girl, however, is more ambitious than either book and never misplaces a word. Perfection.