Book: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 463 (Paperback)
Genre: Crime & Mystery
Age Recommendation: 18+
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
“My mother had always told her kids: if you’re about to do something, and you want to know if it’s a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see.” – Gillian Flynn
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him. Nick swears it isn’t true but the police suspect him. With strange searches on his computer and persistent calls on his mobile phone, what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
This is not the sort of book I would normally read. I am all about Young Adult fiction, urban fantasies, magic and zombies. I knew that it had been released as a movie last year but I had never seen a trailer and had never heard of the book. Back in December lots of books were on sale including Gone Girl so I thought “Why not try something a little different?”.
I read this book over 2 days. Reading the first chapter I just wasn’t sure if it was something I could get into but buy the end of the second I was hooked. The book is in three parts and in the first, the chapters alternate between Nick (present day) and Amy’s diary entries. The chapters are short and the 2 styles of writing make the book really exciting to read. Both Nick and Amy’s parts are so exciting I just couldn’t wait to read on. The entire book is full of twists and turns, I was never sure what to think right up until the very last pages.
And to top it all of, the characters are brilliant. Nick is often lovable but mysterious. One moment you might feel bad for him, the next you are just as suspicious as the police. Amy’s diary reveals her loving personality but you grow to learn there might be more to her than you think.
Due to mature content I wouldn’t recommend this unless you’re at least over 16. I’d definitely recommend this book to anybody who loves a mystery novel but also to people like me looking for something a little different! (And then go and watch the movie afterwards! It’s worth a watch)