20 October 2016

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 422
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Book Description:
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 Opinion:
I know I'm very late to the party with this book but I've finally got around to seeing what the hype was about (better late than never, right?) This book is a psychological thriller in which the protagonist's wife goes missing and as usual, he is suspected as being the killer.

As I read the blurb, honestly I felt like the story would be a little predictable. I did find this because I was able to guess what was going to happen/ the solution to the mystery. Whilst I might just be good at guessing I still found the plot line to be a little far fetched for my liking. Some of the scenes I felt weren't realistic for a modernly set novel, however I can understand why it got so much hype because it could happen (it's unlikely).

Nevertheless, the concept was interesting and I did enjoy reading it. The author is really creative in her style so we get to see the perspective of the husband and wife in this dynamic. The mystery was good and this remained through out the novel which I liked, as well as the psychological factors in which you never really knew who was telling the truth. Among this, the plot did have it's moments in which I was surprised with twists that I didn't predict as well as the ending, which was really good and did end on a cliffhanger!

Altogether I did like this book and I see why it got so much hype, however I do feel like it's a little overrated. I wouldn't read this book again, but based on the author's writing and creative imagination, I would read more books from her. For readers who enjoy crime novels, thrillers or books with a good mystery, I would recommend this.

Favourite Quotes:


There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold

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Love makes you want to be a better man—right. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are

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'Nick, why are you so wonderful to me?' 
He was supposed to say: You deserve it. I love you.
But he said, 'Because I feel sorry for you.' 
'Why?' 
'Because every morning you have to wake up and be you'


Rating ★
4 out of 5 stars 

 Next book I'm going to review:
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon