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Gone Girl - review

"It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters."

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Phoenix
Buy it: On Amazon


Synopsis 

Amy Dunne is missing. Gone from her Missouri home, there are signs of a struggle, traces of blood on the floor, and the day of her disappearance is her five year anniversary to her husband Nick - who is smiling at police press conferences and grinning wildly in photos with the search party. 

And then, there is the diary. Sweet, innocent Amy has lived a life of loved-up devotion that has ultimately ended up a life in fear of her husband. Where is Amy, and just what did Nick do to her? 

photo from SXC
The Good 

This is a dark little tale of manipulation! A bit slow to kick in, the resulting story builds up into a frenzy of lies, mind games and hate. The plot was very well crafted and I imagine the author must have had one hell of a planning stage to get everything lined up, straight and irrefutable. I like to try and pick holes, and this narrative was pretty tight - even when everything got all a little (a lot)... wild! 

It's a bit hard to review Gone Girl without spoilers, as the "twist" kicks in about 50% through. So if you don't want to know, I've put everything that could remotely allude to the twist in the asterisks below! 

***SPOILERS*** 

I found it intriguing that for half of Gone Girl, I didn't like a single person in this story, and yet I couldn't wait to see what happened to them. After the initial emotional alignment with "Diary Amy" I loved having that sense of plot safety stripped from the book. There was no-one to root for, really. I guess I could have switched my allegiance to Nick, but to be honest I found him just as vile as Amy, in his own way. 

I also loved the character of Tanner, who brought a bit of stability to the story when everything else was up in the air. He was a typical "movie character" - as Amy would probably say - but that is exactly what the book needed. Someone you could bet your expectations on. 

***SPOILERS END*** 

The Bad 

There isn't much actual "bad" to this book. It's a great little mystery in the first half, and a wonderful mash up of craziness in the second. 

I was a bit confused as to the presence of Go in the book. A lot seemed to be made of her character for it to not have any relevance. Every time a little snippet of information of Go was revealed I asked "so what?" and I never found an answer... She just acted as a trampoline for Nick to bounce his feelings off of but she had no actual function. 

***SPOILERS***

I also struggled to believe in Amy after the 50% reveal. Some of her actions were just a little too unhinged. I mean, I know she was pretty crazy, but some of the stuff she did...? I'm not sure. I wont go into it too much as Amy is too complicated a character to ever truly "understand", but I lost a little of my suspended reality, lets just say that. Her plot succumbed to melodrama and almost seemed spoof-y at some parts. Things she did were SO extreme I didn't know whether to laugh or baulk. 

 ***SPOILERS END*** 

Overall 

I enjoyed Gone Girl for its manipulative plot and unexpected character alignments. The twist was good, and I was interested to see what conclusion the revalation at the half way mark could draw at the end of the novel. 

Score 
7/10 

Extra! A screenplay of Gone Girl is currently in production starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in the lead roles. I think this is perfect casting for the characters, and can't wait for the release!

3 comments

  1. I've been so interested in this book because of well, everything! The cover, to the rave reviews, to the blurb! But I'm still a bit hesitant to read it, because I'm not really one for gory books, and I dont know if this is one. Oh, and I couldn't resist reading the spoilers (they were right there!), but dont worry, they don't really seem like spoilers; you're very vague in it :)

    P.S.: I LOVE your photography! Especially the one of the clothespin! I <3<3<3 bokeh and close ups, and you're brought both out so prettily in that photo :D

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    1. Hi Fahima! - I would say give this book a go. Some "things" happen but this is not a graphic book. It's more of a psychological thriller :) I think you should reward your curiosity! hehe

      And thank you so much for the comment about my photography - I really appreciate it. I'm a huge fan of pretty bokeh <3

      Let me know what you thought of Gone Girl if you read it! xx

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  2. Hi Fahima! - I would say give this book a go. Some "things" happen but
    this is not a graphic book. It's more of a psychological thriller :) I
    think you should reward your curiosity! hehe

    And thank you so much for the comment about my photography - I really appreciate it. I'm a huge fan of pretty bokeh <3

    Let me know what you thought of Gone Girl if you read it! xx

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