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Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Psychological Thriller  5*'s
Psychological Thriller
5*’s

The first thing to say about this book is it didn’t deserve to be endlessly moved down the TBR pile and for once I concede that the hype was well-deserved.

Told in the first part by Nick in the aftermath of his wife Amy’s disappearance on their fifth wedding anniversary and excerpts from her diary kept throughout the entire time of their relationship. I love novels narrated in this way and Gillian Flynn handles the device with extra special depth; if you are anything like me your heart will drop as revelations are made. As the reader I found myself constantly revising what I’d believed from earlier sections in the book as the layers of truth were expertly peeled away, no single bomb-shell for this book rather a series of explosions.

The second part tells a totally different story, again in two parts which speeds up the pace whilst moving the story to a whole new level and a faster pace… But unfortunately I can’t say anymore without ruining this book for anyone who hasn’t read this yet.

I love a book with twists and turns but I think it is Gillian Flynn’s ability to absolutely capture the truth about the way men and women see relationships when Amy lays on her yearly treasure hunt for his anniversary present Nick just knows that he isn’t going to have remembered the key moments which meant so much to her let alone unravel her cryptic clues; after all Nick thought he had married a cool girl, one who likes all the same thing as men and is great in bed too!

For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see men — friends, coworkers, strangers — giddy over these awful pretender women, and I’d want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them.”

Amy describes what she calls the dancing monkeys who dance to the wife and girlfriends every whim

“Wear this, don’t wear that. Do this chore now and do this chore when you get a chance and by that I mean now. And definitely, definitely give up the things you love for me, so I will have proof that you love me best. It’s the female pissing contest — as we swan around our book clubs and our cocktail hours, there are few things women love more than being able to detail the sacrifices our men make for us.

A call-and-response, the response being: “Ohh, that’s so sweet.”

Whilst Nick forced to reflect on what their relationship really meant concluded

“Worse, I convinced myself our tragedy was entirely her making. I spent years working myself into the very thing I swore she was: a righteous ball of hate.”

I still haven’t made up my mind what I feel about how this book finishes, the end crept up and surprised me which I always find disconcerting. On reflection I think the ending was fitting even though it didn’t end the way I prefer.

So I recommend this book that is not only a great read but one that can make you reflect on the nature of relationships both familial and romantic whilst trying to figure out who did what to whom and what it would like to be face to face with a sociopath!

I didn’t start reading this book at the right time, it didn’t deserve short reads, sandwiched between work, parties and Christmas shopping. As the book progressed I became resentful of all the sociable activities and went to sleep at nights longing to know what was going to happen next while reflecting on the few pages I’d managed to squeeze into a busy day but I managed to steal enough time (when everyone was sleeping) to finish the book off. This to me is a measure of a brilliant book, yes I love reading but I can usually put a book to one side for ‘real’ activities…… and even better this book is currently only 99p which is an absolute bargain.

Gone Girl – Amazon UK

Author:

A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

34 thoughts on “Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I agree with you–there were a few points when I think I gasped out loud when something was revealed or when a turn that I hadn’t expected occurred. (It’s hard to discuss specifics of this book without creating a dreaded “spoiler”, isn’t it?!?)

    I just read “The Silent Wife” over this weekend, another thriller that I think makes an excellent companion title to “Gone Girl”–it’s also told from alternating viewpoints, also deals with conflict between husband and wife, and also contains some “gasp-worthy” moments. If you haven’t read that one yet, you may want to give it a try!

    1. Thanks Bookmammal, another one that has been hovering at the edge of my list but I will add it now! I do like the different viewpoints when they are well executed. This was a hard book to review as there is little you can say about the second half… but even in the first bit each section from Nick made me question what I knew so far. Great read although I’m still not sure I like the ending but only because I have a strong sense that justice should be done and I’m not convinced!

  2. I picked this up in the library when it was new, but it didn’t grab me and took it back. Seeing so many positive reactions since makes me think it was maybe the wrong moment, and so I might just give it another try.

  3. I’m on of the few people who wasn’t blown away by this, but maybe because I pretty much figured it out before the reveal and I had suspicions about the ending too.

  4. Oh, yes, definitely a book you can’t stop reading…sleep is unimportant when in the throes of such a book.

    As someone above mentioned (Book Mammal), A Silent Wife is another similarly enticing and twisted read.

    Thanks for sharing….

    1. Thank you so much, it was odd because I read this one so much later than everyone (more sensible than me) else. Thank you for taking the time to comment today, it does mean so much to know that you read and enjoy my 🙂 Catching up on everything now the holiday excess is over!

  5. This is in my TBR pile as well. Since it has been made into a movie, I moved it to the top so I can read it before I watch the movie. Now, thanks to your review I have moved it to the top. I will be reading it as soon as I finish The Never List!

      1. Well, I met the author of The Never List, so that’s why I bumped that one up on my list. Its good. Ive just had to pace myself reading it sometimes.

  6. It’s so great that you enjoyed it. I have read quite some bad reviews of lately, and I don’t understand where they come from. The book is crime fiction perfection!

    1. I think it was all the hype which some readers react to badly – I’m updating tags on these very old reviews – it is one of the best in the genre that I have ever read, and I’ve read loads!

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