“I would have done anything to feel real again.”
Title – Gone Girl
Author – Gillian Flynn
Pages – 463
A few weeks before the chaos of Christmas, I read a book called Gone Girl. Why? Because after watching the film, I wanted to better understand why this woman wanted to teach her husband such a lesson!
As always, I’m going to try not to give too much away – however the chances are, you’ve seen the film and know what it’s about anyway, seeing as it was so popular!
The novel follows the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple who from the outside, seem to have it all. The looks, the jobs, the money. However, when illness and redundancy strikes, they must leave their busy New York lives and move back to the country.
One morning, Nick is alerted by a neighbour that something strange has happened at their home. Returning back to their house in secluded Southeast Missouri, Nick discovers that his home is the scene of an assault. However, there’s no sign of his wife. Soon enough, the police are called and the media interest grows and grows, backing Nick in a very tight corner.
As time goes on, and more and more evidence is found, Nick becomes the primary suspect in the investigation. As the story unravels, it seems that life really wasn’t that perfect for the pair. Is Amazing Amy really, well, that?
I thoroughly enjoyed the book – it’s the first thriller I’ve ever read and what a way to start! I loved that it was written in sort of a diary format and came from both the characters’ perspectives. I know that most of the audience after watching the film would think that Amy was cold and a little bit deranged, and whilst this may be the case, the book gives so much more context as to why she acts in this way. The book also tells us a little bit more about why Nick is the way he is and why he changes so dramatically towards Amy following the move back to his home county.
Although I knew the story and what happens in the end, I was still disappointed – why Nick, why?! I certainly wouldn’t have stayed knowing what happened to Desi!
A great read where I couldn’t put the book down. Dark, very clever and completely enthralling, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more thrillers after reading this. If you can recommend a book of this genre, feel free to leave a comment below!
Score- 3 out of 5