Book Review – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I was a little late in arriving to the ‘Gone Girl’ party and I really didn’t know what to expect. I’d heard many a great thing about the book and I know that it was a bestseller, and other than the initial blurb of the story, I knew nothing about it.

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I was eager to read it soon, especially as this weekend sees the release of the film adaptation starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Nick Dunne wakes up on his fifth wedding anniversary to his wife making crepes, all seems good with the world, but when he gets a call at the bar he runs with his sister, Go, he returns home to find his living room upturned and his wife gone. What follows is a captivating whodunit.

The chapters flit between Nicks, as he deals with the days following his wife going missing, and diary entries from Amy dating back from when she first met her husband. I’ll be honest after the first few chapters, I despised him, and he comes across cold, uncaring and seems to be acting abnormally. Amy’s diary entries only seem to back up these judgements. Eventually it was easy to think that he had killed Amy and was trying to play innocent as long as possible.

But around halfway through the book Flynn completely turns the book on its head and takes you in another direction, which warranted a gasp of surprise from me. It’s around here though that I have to stop gushing. Although well written the latter part of the book was infuriating and somewhat contrived. I felt almost cheated that I had invested so much energy into enjoying it in the first place.

Yes, some moments were clever and yes the way Flynn wrote Nick and Amy in the first part was very well done, I didn’t see the twist coming, however the ending was disappointing and I’m ashamed to say that this book didn’t live up to half the hype it had been given. I only hope the film hasn’t stuck rigidly to the book and is more enjoyable than this, which became a tedious read towards the end, with far too much unnecessary back and forth and a flat, unfulfilling ending. I’d recommend this if you’re about to see the film, but you’d be much better off picking up Sharp Objects instead as it’s a far superior novel in my opinion.

Star Rating out of 5: 3

We are one long frightening climax.

 

Until next time fellow bookworms.

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Currently Reading.

Sometimes I think the book loving Gods are looking down on me. I was hoping to get something to read on my Kindle as it’s much lighter and convenient to carry around on my long commute to work every day, so I was happy when this came out of my TBR Jar.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

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I’ve heard so many good things about this, and I really enjoyed Sharp Objects, so I hope this lives up to the hype it has received. As usual I will post a full review when I am done, keep your eyes peeled.

Until then, happy reading! And remember, it’s ok to have more books than shoes!

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Book Review – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects is the first novel I have read by Gillian Flynn and if my experience of reading this was anything to go by, I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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The novel centres on Camille Preaker, a reporter from Chicago who is given an assignment back in her hometown of Wind Gap following the disappearance of a young girl and the murder of another. Camille was instantly an interesting character, and at times I thought Flynn was going to go with the cliché ‘rich mommy and evil stepdad’ route, but she really didn’t. What she delivers in this novel is something else completely.

Sure there are relationship issues between Camille and her mother, Adora, but there’s a subtle darkness there at first (which slowly unravels as the story progresses) that makes the dynamics interesting to watch. Wind Gap is a small town, where your business isn’t your own and the women love gossip. As Camille tries to gain a more in depth understanding of the missing girl Natalie and the dead girl Ann and who could have possibly murdered or taken them, she also uncovers the ugly truth behind the way girls who are different are treated.

Mixed in with this whole bag of intrigue is Camille’s sister Amma. A 13-year-old girl who in her mother’s presence behaves like a child from a 50’s infomercial, but away from home is a promiscuous bully with a penchant for booze, drugs, older boys and trouble. Amma’s sidekicks seem to adhere to her every word and command and Amma constantly baits Camille and other members of the Wind Gap community for her own enjoyment.

Not only was this novel incredibly well written, it was also incredibly dark and dealt with some of the more sinister taboo issues. The ending was filled with shock and left something of a bitter taste in my mouth due to the macabre undertones.

An incredibly well written book, with thoroughly developed and intriguing characters. I’d recommend this engaging page-turner to people looking for something a little dark or fans of thrillers and whodunit’s.

Star Rating out of 5: 5

‘I’ve always been partial to the image of liquor as lubrication, a layer of protection from all the sharp thoughts in your head.’

Happy reading fellow bookworms.

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Currently Reading.

As I’ve been reading a lot of paperback books recently, I wanted to show my Kindle some lovin’ so I was wanting to read another book on there. With the help of my cute little kitten Mr Tibbs, he picked out this book from my TBR Jar;

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

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I haven’t read Gone Girl yet (I know, I know but I’ve been playing catch up and trying to widen my net by reading different types of books) but I have heard great things about her skill as a writer, so to say I’m looking forward to reading this is something of an understatement.

As usual I will post a full review upon completion, please do bear with me though as I’m a couple of months away from my Wedding so I’ll be finalising plans for that too.

Happy reading fellow bookworms, and remember it’s ok to have more books than shoes!

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