19 September, 2014

book review

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My Copy: eBook, 474 pages
Publication Date: 2012
Publisher: Broadway Books
Source: Library

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?

My Review

What you’re in for: Mystery. Surprises, and more surprises. Suspense. Holy-shit moments! The second part makes you rethink everything you thought you knew from the first part. Thriller. Crazy story. Good writing. Good characters. Abrupt ending. No fluff. Captivating. Keeps you on your toes! Rooting for, hating on, loving, surprised by, sympathy for the characters.

My Thoughts:
It is really, very, very difficult to say anything about this book without giving stuff away. I mean, everything changes halfway through the book. So, the opinions I had at the beginning changed drastically when I reached Part 2. But, I can’t explain my thoughts/feelings about the second half of the book without ruining it for you. I will try to portray my thoughts without giving anything away.

I instantly liked Amy. She seemed like such a sweet girl that just got shit on by her husband. She was a bit of a push over, in my opinion, but very nice and sweet to her husband.

I disliked nick. I didn’t like him at all. He’s a lying, cheating bastard of a husband. And yet, he strives to be viewed as a “good guy”. However, at least he admits that he’s a d-bag.

The writing is very good. I was impressed with the quality of writing. I tend to mainly read Young Adult books, which are much more simple (most of the time). So, a lot of the time, when I pick up an adult book and there is much more to it (more in-depth descriptions, more story and character building, just more writing in general), I often become a bit bored because the story isn’t progressing as fast as typical young adult stories do. Get what I mean? Anyway, this book captured my interest immediately and kept it the whole time.

The story keeps you guessing until the very end. And it’s freaking impossible to guess exactly right. I was kind of close to being right sometimes, but still surprised! I’d be shocked if anyone guessed everything 100% right.

The ending was a bit abrupt. I expected more. I wanted more.

The main reason I rated it 4.5 instead of 5 stars was only because I don’t have that feeling after finishing it. You know, that feeling when you just fall completely in love with a book and wish it wasn’t over and you just have to gush and gush about it and make everyone read it? I don’t feel that for this book. So, that’s why. That’s the main reason this book didn’t get 5 stars from me.

The other reason is that I was a bit disappointed by the ending. I feel like it didn’t conclude in a satisfactory way for me.

I really liked Gone Girl and I thought the author did a great job and the story was pretty crazy awesome. I mean, how do you even come up with that story? It was good. I am officially impressed. I am a fan of this author and I will read more of her books. Can’t wait to see the movie!

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Looking for more opinions of this book?

5/5 rating from Uncorked Thoughts
B (4/5) rating from Fall Into Books
3.5/5 rating from Nose Graze
3/5 rating from Lectus

 

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