“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 favours 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 behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter – but is he really a killer?”
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a book that has been on my bookshelves for far too long, also a book that I have had no intention of ever reading. I watched the movie adaptation without ever realising that this was a book and I just simply didn’t enjoy the film. Maybe it was because of the time or because of the film, but I just didn’t enjoy it. I then received this book as a gift from my partner and my sentimental heart could never get rid of it. Over time, I have been encouraged to read this book, and thank God I took everyone’s advice!!
I recently read a novella by Gillian Flynn entitled The Grownup and I really enjoyed it. So much so, it encouraged me to finally pick up this book. I was really impressed with this book, not only from the story standpoint and how it all worked so well together and how to came together at the end, but with the writing. I think I say this a lot, but it takes a skilled writer to take a book with a character that is so hated and make that book so likeable. I was so intrigued and addicted to this book and even though I had seen the film and knew, roughly, what the ending was going to be, I couldn’t put this book down. I could read it and pick out all of the red flags and warning signs on my first read and it made this book soooooo good and it’s really made me want to pick up and read more of Gillian’s books. I have already bought and plan on reading Sharp Objects next and I plan on going into that book completely blind, as people should do with this book.
The characters within this book, are both likeable and seriously hateable, which is why this book works the way it does and is so brilliantly written. I understood the characters so much more from reading the book, that the movie did not capture and it made me feel like I understood them more. I understood their feelings and their motives; both good and bad. Well some of their motives.
Definitely a book I’d recommend to pick and read and an author I’m going to be reading more of.