What I’ve Been Reading: Gone Girl


‘Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his phone. So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?’

It’s always a bit difficult to review a book without giving too much of the plot away. I picked up Gone Girl quite a while ago and hadn’t heard much about it at the time. I read a few pages, but didn’t feel gripped and so I left it for a while. I decided to give it a second chance after seeing all the hype that it had been getting of late.

I have mixed feelings about Gone Girl – I did like it, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I might. This is Gillian Flynn’s third novel, but the first of hers that I’ve read. Her writing style is something that I did enjoy; it’s straightforward and readable, but with a great attention to detail. Gone Girl switches between Nick’s narrative, when his wife is found to be missing, and Amy’s diary, as she writes about the early days of their relationship. The characters are flawed but believable and the two story lines don’t quite mesh, showing the different perspectives that two people can have on the same event.

Around half way through there’s a plot twist, making you question your thoughts of the characters, who not only manipulate each other, but the reader too. This is a book that will resonate for many twenty/ thirty somethings. It is very of the moment – touching on the power of the media, the influence of parenting and the all-important question of how well we really know our other half.

I found it quite difficult to give Gone Girl a rating; despite being left feeling a little disappointed by the ending, I did enjoy the book and particularly Flynn’s writing style. It kept me interested until the last page and it’s definitely something that I’d recommend, and so I’m going to give it a 4 out of 5.

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