2013 Book Reviews

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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‘Marriage can be a real killer.

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 from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. 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?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?’

I’ve been dreading writing this review. Because I really really didn’t enjoy it, but I really REALLY wanted to.

The story is told from two perspectives, Nick, who tells the story from the present tense, and Amy, whose snippets of diary make up the rest of the story.

Amy is missing and there are signs of a struggle. Nick it’s seems has secrets of his own, he was planning on divorcing Amy, but he can’t tell the police that because then he will seem ever more guilty.

Amy’s diary tells the story of their happy marriage and how happy she was to have him in her life.

Amy goes missing on their 5th wedding anniversary, but before she goes missing she manages to leave her husband a treasure hunt of love notes/riddles.

Now the concept of this book grabbed me, I love a crime/thriller and so I should of loved this. But for me I didn’t think it was well executed. I found it very predictable and I found myself struggling to read it. I even saw the twists coming. I was so disappointed. This book wouldn’t stop me trying more of her books in the future.

But don’t let my bad experience with this book put you off reading it because it’s just my opinion. All because I didn’t enjoy it it doesn’t mean that you won’t.
That’s what is great about reading.

Here is the link for the book:
http://amazon.co.uk/dp/0753827662

Have you read this? What did you think?

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