Recently I’ve been really getting into crime thrillers and when I saw this on the best sellers shelf in Waterstones it was a must have. It’s been raved about by just everyone and their mother and for the most part it deserves all those fab reviews!
Gone Girl isn’t like any other book I’ve read, it has an amazingly intricate and detailed story line which takes you on a journey with the characters, however because of the intricacy of the story line, it worries me slightly as to what on earth was going through Flynn’s mind when she wrote it…
The book begins rather boringly, if you’ve read Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson (and if you haven’t YOU NEED TO READ IT!) you will understand what I mean when I say it drags to begin with and takes rather a while to get good, but when it gets going, bloomin’ heck does it get going! The book flips back and forth from the point of view of the two main characters Amy and Nick; I like books which are written in such a style because I think getting more than one view on a situation and story can help you understand and interpret a book differently and more openly than you would if you were just to read it from one characters point of view.
The book begins rather averagely, with the classic ‘women goes missing and no one knows who’s done it’ opener and as I said before, takes a while to pick up. During the first two hundred ish pages Flynn explores a couple of possibilites as to who the ‘abductor’ could be, but none of them really go any where, and it’s all a bit wishy washy, until they cave in on Nick Dunne, Amy’s husband… From then on, the story spirals and surprises jump out of every page. I must say there are some points when it gets bloody intense (I was sat on the train during a couple of these and the facial expressions I was making and small squeals I was letting out seemed to getting me some odd looks the people around me to say the least…)!
For the main chunk of the book, it’s AMAZING and I loved it, it kept me engrossed and I know it’s a cliche, but I literally couldn’t put the book down! However, unfortunately, about three quarters of the way through the book, the story line just gets totally out of control, to the point where it is no longer believable, which is really frustrating because the build up is so gripping!
Finally, and unfortunately, there is only one word for the ending: rubbish. It’s a complete anti-climax, it’s totally unrealistic and crazy, it just lets the book down completely, which really sucks, because up until the end, I think it’s a really really good book. I get the feeling that Flynn just got bored with writing it towards the end, so just plonked in the first ending that came into her head, and it’s a real bummer that it isn’t a very good one.
Overall, I really would recommend this book; I know I’ve got a couple of bad things to say about it, but aside from them, it’s definitely worth a read, and you never know, you might disagree with some of the things I’ve said and decide you absolutely love every part of it. It deserves it’s great reviews, but I think it would be even better if the ending was up to scratch!
You can buy Gone Girl from many stores or on Waterstones online here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my first book review, I’m an avid reader so there’ll be a ton more to come!
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