Gone Girl is one of those books that everyone’s read. Even the not-so-avid readers have read it and/or watched the film. It is the mark of a very fine book to get picked up for a movie deal soon, too. In spite of all this hullabaloo (in a good way) over this book, yours truly never read it until now.
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?
This book was the gateway for a whole new variety of books with unlikable main characters; characters who were written to be hated. Re: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. You can read my review here. I have read my share of creepy books, but I was more sickened by the characters in this book because it just seemed so plausible. Marital discord at its peak is shown in this book in a raw manner.
The portrayal of each of the characters is handled brilliantly. The reader’s emotions will definitely be puppets in Flynn’s ventriloquist hands. They go up, down, and around whatever direction she points at. It helps that the book has some kick ass writing, too.
The plot is planned so perfectly. This story is both plot-driven and character-driven. It is rare to find books like that these days. The weight of the book lies on the despicable nature of the main characters. At one instance, I was actually shocked by the evilness shown by certain characters.
The ending suffered a little for me because at that point, I was ready and knew I would be unfazed by any twists. But that was just me. If you’ve been living under a rock where none of your friends kept shoving this book under your nose, you’ll be surprised by everything and will really enjoy this book.
An itty-bitty spoiler coming right up!
Alright, if you haven’t read the book, stop reading this review now. It’s just one GIF, but it’s a spoiler. This was my reaction towards the end:
What, did you really think I wouldn’t use Queen Fey’s GIF somewhere? 😀
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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