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.
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.