Author: Gillian Flynn
Published: January 3rd 2013 (first edition: 2012)
Goodreads Rating: 3.94
Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
Much like with More Than This, this review is going to be completely spoiler free; simply because it is worth it going into Gone Girl completely blind.
I’ll admit, I have this problem where I like to read ahead – not the last page per say…though that is what it is most of the time, but even just flipping through the pages until something catches my eye that makes me want to either read what is happening or slap the book shut to avoid insane spoilers. That being said, I went into this book blind, but I definitely wasn’t blind all the way through.
The one thing that everyone talks about with this book is the huge twists and turns of the plot, and the ending – some people love it and other hate it. I was..indifferent. I didn’t think it was as shocking as everyone said it was, but it was really intriguing and worked perfectly with the characters involved in this story. I personally thought it was the natural progression of the characters. This, of course, may have been a result of my previously mentioned reading ahead problem…but sh.
I can say with 100% certainty that I much hated almost all the main characters in this book, with a few exceptions of course (Go). They were just so messed up, but they were entertaining. I flew through the book without even realising it after a slow start.
There was quite a bit of humour that was intertwined in the plot, and I always appreciate a good joke of any kind. I think with the subject matter there needed to be some lighter moments that made you laugh out loud – which I did on a few occasions.
The book was, for me, over-hyped. I was expecting a lot more than what I got, but I still enjoyed it and I think as long as you go into this book not expecting it to be “the book to rule them all” it will be enjoyable to you too.
If you are looking for a psychological thriller/mystery this is definitely the book for you.
I also watched the movie so look out for a adaptation report coming later this week!
3.5 out of 5 stars. It was good, but I was expecting more. It also took me a bit to get into it – it definitely picked up though.
Favourite (non spoiler) Quotes:
“It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.”
“Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial – you’d think all women do is clean and bleed.”
“Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.”
“A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.”