Author Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.
Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
What did I think?
Flynn has done a brilliant piece of writing with ‘Gone Girl’. She makes you love characters one minute and loathe them the next; all the while questions are shooting round in your head wondering if that person really is capable of murder. ‘Gone Girl’ keeps you guessing…until 50% of the way through the book; that’s when the main twist to the story smacks you square in the face. It does make you wonder if that is all of the excitement over and done with, but alas, no. Flynn still somehow manages to keep you turning the pages and still keeps the questions floating round in your head.
I felt that Flynn really rushed the ending of ‘Gone Girl’ and that’s not just because it didn’t end the way I wanted it to…I’m pretty sure that the ending of this book has disappointed a majority of the readers out there. It made me feel that Flynn was on a publishing deadline and just threw together whatever she could think of. After reading such a well thought and written book it really is a shame that Flynn fell at the last hurdle; if the ending were better, a five heart review would be sat here instead of four.
Personally, I feel that ‘Gone Girl’ still has a way to go before it can be crowned ‘Thriller of the Year’ – I would much rather put ‘I Let You Go’ by Clare Mackintosh in this status as I felt that ‘Gone Girl’ had a lot left to offer before it could even get to that stage.
Compared to the film?
As always in these situations, there can only be one clear ‘winner’ for the book/film. Personally, I always have to read the book before I watch the film as more often than not I find the book to be superior to the ‘recreation’. This stands true in the case of ‘Gone Girl’ too.
While I feel that the cast has been picked to perfection, the film definitely lacks a lot of explanation elements that the book offers. I felt that the film did not give the ‘shock factor’ that Flynn carefully built within the book.
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?