Book Review – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Soooo, as part of my new blogging routine which means leaving the weekends free to talk about non-beauty related things, today I’m doing a short book review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Gone Girl isn’t a modern literary classic but it is well written. Gone Girl isn’t for the sensitive souls out there. It’s not especially violent, it’s not packed with sex, but sections of the book are written in a quite aggressive manner, with some very crude language. I’m not bothered by such things, but if you are, then avoid!

‘What are you thinking, Amy? The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?’ Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately 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 aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war…”

So, Gone Girl follows the tale of a husband and wife. At the beginning of the book the wife goes missing leaving behind a scene which would suggest she had been assaulted and abducted.

The story is told from two perspectives, the wifes (in the form of a diary) and the husbands, in alternate chapters.  As the story unfolds, you learn that the characters are largely unlikeable but in particular, the husband comes across as particularly unpleasant but there are secrets on both sides.

So the story follows his hunt to find out what happened and her diary of her life pre-disappearance.

In the middle of the book is the biggest twist! The whole story changes, abruptly. I have read reviews where people didn’t really enjoy the first half but loved the second. I just really enjoyed the whole thing, it’s a really page turner.

If you love a good crime/thriller and you don’t need to like the characters to enjoy a book, give it a go, it won’t change your life but it’s a really good read and if you’re jetting off on holidays, this is a great beach read!

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Comments

  1. This has been on my “to read” list for ages… I really must get around to it soon!

  2. I really really want to read this, but i’m saving it for a holiday i might have (sad or what..?) but i saw on twitter that someone mentioned that the book doesnt really finish up any loose ends? Did you find that? x

    • Charlotte Gray says:

      Errr no! But I’m not a stickler for detail unless there’s a glaring omission it may well escape my notice. It is one of those conclusions where you’re left hanging a bit, but I found that anything else was irrelevant. I can’t explain more without giving it away!

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