One of those novels that could have been good, but missed it by an inch and a bit.
Title: GONE GIRL
Author: Gillian Flynn
The story is about husband and wife, Nick and Amy, 30-somethings who move from their home in New York back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri. One morning, on the anniversary of their 5th wedding anniversary, Nick goes to work like any other day. When he comes home however, he finds his house trashed and his wife missing. The novel switches between Amy’s personal diary entries from the past, and Nick’s perspective in the present. Nick finds himself in hot water as the leading suspect of his wife’s disappearance and it’s up to him to prove his innocence, but with so much evidence mounting against him is he really innocent? And if so, who really kidnapped his wife?
I had wanted to read this book for such a long time. Every time I went to the book store it was on the highly recommended shelf and I knew it had been on many of the “Top Read” lists, so it made me really excited when my friend found it for me at the library the other week.
The story is split into three parts, and each chapter switches between excerpts from the wife, Amy’s diary starting from when she first met Nick, to Nick’s perspective in the present and his thoughts about his wife’s disappearance. I really enjoyed the first part, Amy’s diary entries were humourous and enjoyable to read, I guess I could liken it to something you’d read in a magazine or on a blog. The way the author wrote from Nick’s perspective was incredibly strange, but interesting too. From here though, everything went slightly downhill for me.
The rest of the story felt like it was dragging on for much too long, new aspects of the story took a painstakingly long time to be introduced and there was, in my opinion, no real twist in plot-line. (Admittedly, there is something that slightly resembles a plot twist, but you’d have to squint really hard to see it, and even then you might miss it).
I know, I sound really bitter, but I wanted to like it, I really did. I have read some glowing reviews of the story, and I guess it’s all a matter of taste- it always is with this sort of thing, or anything for that matter.
I felt the ending was rushed and lacking of any real resolution. Fine, don’t give us a resolution, but at then at least give us a good cliff-hanger that makes us want to know what will happen next! I know the novel is a stand-alone, but by the last few pages I felt that I could have not finished the book, and never even cared. (I pretty much only finished it so that I could write this review and say that yes, I had read the entire thing.)
But ok, the last third of the story and the ending let it down, but it wasn’t terrible… but it wasn’t brilliant either. If you don’t read a lot of murder-mystery type books than perhaps you might enjoy it. I personally am a massive fan of Agatha Christie’s Poirot mysteries and of course anything with Sherlock Holmes, and yes, I know, they are a different style. But even so, Gone Girl is a thriller, and it wasn’t very thrilling.
#DontHateTheCriticHateThe …. story? Author? This is getting slightly mean now.
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If you’ve read Gone Girl too, I’d love to know what you think, did you love, hate it, or are you on the fence? And, if any of you have been really wanting to read it like I had, but have been put off by my review I’d encourage you to read it anyway. Everyone has different opinions and tastes and you might just find that you love it!