Growing up, I was an avid reader. I would easily get through a minimum of one book per week, but that all changed when I started my A Levels. I’ve had almost five years of not reading, and I hate it. I just don’t have the time though! But when I was on holiday, I knew this was my chance to read.
Unfortunately, I get travel sick so I couldn’t read in the car and was too knackered whenever we got to where we were staying to stay up and read. However, a couple of weeks ago I finally finished the book I started on holiday, and that was Gone Girl. I’m not going to say I’m great at articulating my views on a book, but I am going to tell you my final reaction.
Gone Girl is a best-seller written by Gillian Flynn. It’s had pretty good write ups, and the story is a really great twist. You start on the day of Amy’s disappearance and you experience her husband Nick’s view on the case. He is accused of her murder, and why wouldn’t he be? He’s a liar and a cheat, and he wouldn’t have had much to lose murdering Amy. You really get the feel for this when Amy’s diary comes into play. A diary that she has been writing in on and off for years and you read about Amy and Nick’s near-toxic relationship.
Personally, I think Nick’s POV was very well written, and you go through stages of loving him and hating him and every feeling in between. But all isn’t as it seems. It’s your typical thriller book, and there are so many twists and turns in it. I’d definitely recommend it, until the final five pages.
I’d invested a fair amount of time reading this book over a three month period and I feel like the ending was taken away from me. I honestly would’ve preferred ‘…and then Nick woke up and it was all a dream’ that the ending we were supplied with. Let’s just say that there were very few consequences to any actions within the book, and that really hurt me as a reader. I’m all about punishment, and I think the wrong person got punished.
That being said, the rest of the book is worth the read. Just put it down 5 or 10 pages before the end because you gain nothing from it. After reading this, I do want to watch the film to see if my opinions remain. Maybe I’ll save that for my next rainy day.
Have you read Gone Girl or any other books by Gillian Flynn? What did you think of them?