Monday 22 October 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book took me a while to get into.

The main reason for this procrastination was my serious dislike of both Amy and Nick Dunne right from the word go. They were selfish, thoughtless and oh so fake.

It took me a while to realise that just because I didn't like them didn't mean I couldn't enjoy watching them self-destruct page after page, chapter after chapter!!

This is a difficult book to review because there are a number of U-turns, OMG moments and red herrings that to review it properly would spoil it completely for anyone wanting to read it.

The basic plot is that Amy goes missing under very suspicious circumstances on their 5th wedding anniversary.

The story is then told in alternating chapters starting with Nick's current day voice detailing the investigation. Followed by chapters from Amy's diary charting the course of their early romance and eventual marriage.

Curiously I found Gillian's male characters more convincing than her female ones. My husband also remarked how well she inhabited the male psyche.

This book could be a good book club book. The two main characters would create a lot of heated discussion and everyone could compete over how soon they worked out some of the twists and turns! It's definitely a book you want to talk to someone about afterwards.

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