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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Book Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl

“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”

So I know I've caught on a bit late, but after a couple of days of intense and obsessive reading, I have finished Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. Seriously, I stayed up until past 3am last night. Prepare to be that person who won't talk to anyone or do anything until they've finished reading, and also the person who won't shut up about it once they have.

Nick and Amy Dunne have been married for five years, with their relationship steadily growing further and further apart. It is on their fifth wedding anniversary that Amy goes missing from their home and the police are called in. Everything seems to point the blame in Nick's direction. The chapters alternate between Amy and Nick's perspective, allowing you to see the gradual deterioration of a relationship that began so promisingly.

The plot isn't one we haven't seen before; I've read other crime thrillers that basically have an identical storyline. But it's not the plot that makes this novel great. In fact nothing really happens until halfway through, so I'm hesitant to lump this book in the 'crime thriller' category. Flynn's writing is incredible. She has a dry wit that is unnervingly funny (“Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial - you'd think all women do is clean and bleed.”). But it's her ability to make you connect and identify with the two main characters that's so impressive and equally sinister. How can these mentally warped humans feel so real? You want to distance yourself from them but you can't. You're hooked. It's an eerily familiar depiction of all the downfalls of a modern relationship, and two utterly selfish human beings who are so mismatched in every way.

You might have seen the movie (I haven't yet), but I don't know how a movie could even begin to show the same insight into the two main characters' minds that we are given in the book. I'd call this a fantastic psychological thriller that will keep your mind ticking over for days. Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think?
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  1. I loved this book and I agree I don't know how it could possibly be shown in a film... Haven't managed to watch the film yet, but I would be interested to.
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    1. My housemate did yesterday and said it was really good! I've got to see it in the cinema soon for sure

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  2. Absolutey love this book, the film is worth a watch but try forget about the book when you watch it as it will just never compare!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. I'm desperate to see it! But yeah I'm such a fan of the book I'm slightly apprehensive

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  3. I love this book!! I have seen it in the cinema too, but I would have loved to have experienced the film without having read the book! But this book is excellent :)

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    1. Ah I wanted to make sure I finished the book before watching the film. Not sure why, I just prefer to do things in that order! :)

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  4. I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! I was a bit miffed with the ending, but it's the only way it could've ended really! Still got to see the film !
    xx

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    1. I completely agree - the ending was quite abrupt. But in a strange way it worked!

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  5. I CANNOT wait. Literally. Well -- since I haven't seen it yet than I can wait. The book was awesome. I finishes it in two days.
    Anyways, her writing is so good that I am now reading another one of her books.

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    1. Yeah I'm so tempted to buy one of her others now!

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  6. This is on my list of books to read, I want to finish the book before I watch the film! Lovely review :) xx

    Toasty

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    1. Thanks :) I always seem to watch the film before reading the book, so I made sure that this time I do it the other way around so I can be that smug person in the cinema

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  7. I wish I had read the book before I had seen the film! Books are always better than the movie version. But I have to say the film is really good I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Fab review! :)

    Roxie x
    http://thebeautifulbluebird.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you :) I can't wait to see the film!

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  8. I have to admit, I haven't actually read the book yet but I loved your review! I saw this in the cinema and feel like I really need to read the book as I think the plot seems as though it would work so much better as a book xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

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    1. Thanks :) Yes definitely, I still don't see how it could translate as well into a film when the entire book is their direct thoughts

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  9. love your blog, and have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here is a link to my blog for all the details xx
    http://maryelizabethmalone.blogspot.com/

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  10. OMG, this blog is perfect for me because I love beauty, lifestyle and book posts :)
    yey! I love finding good blogs :D

    Alice x
    alzgalz.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! So glad you like it :) xo

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  11. I can't wait to read this! I'm hoping to read it before seeing the movie :)

    Sam | www.thatsfetch.com

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    1. I still haven't seen the movie :O But so so glad I read the book first anyway!

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  12. haven't ever heard of this book, but your review has made me itching to read it! sounds incredibly good!
    Ariana // Thoughts Through a Teacup

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    1. You really should read it! It's great (although the ending is a little...eh)

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Book Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl

“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”

So I know I've caught on a bit late, but after a couple of days of intense and obsessive reading, I have finished Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. Seriously, I stayed up until past 3am last night. Prepare to be that person who won't talk to anyone or do anything until they've finished reading, and also the person who won't shut up about it once they have.

Nick and Amy Dunne have been married for five years, with their relationship steadily growing further and further apart. It is on their fifth wedding anniversary that Amy goes missing from their home and the police are called in. Everything seems to point the blame in Nick's direction. The chapters alternate between Amy and Nick's perspective, allowing you to see the gradual deterioration of a relationship that began so promisingly.

The plot isn't one we haven't seen before; I've read other crime thrillers that basically have an identical storyline. But it's not the plot that makes this novel great. In fact nothing really happens until halfway through, so I'm hesitant to lump this book in the 'crime thriller' category. Flynn's writing is incredible. She has a dry wit that is unnervingly funny (“Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial - you'd think all women do is clean and bleed.”). But it's her ability to make you connect and identify with the two main characters that's so impressive and equally sinister. How can these mentally warped humans feel so real? You want to distance yourself from them but you can't. You're hooked. It's an eerily familiar depiction of all the downfalls of a modern relationship, and two utterly selfish human beings who are so mismatched in every way.

You might have seen the movie (I haven't yet), but I don't know how a movie could even begin to show the same insight into the two main characters' minds that we are given in the book. I'd call this a fantastic psychological thriller that will keep your mind ticking over for days. Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think?

24 comments :

  1. I loved this book and I agree I don't know how it could possibly be shown in a film... Haven't managed to watch the film yet, but I would be interested to.
    Bethan Likes

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    1. My housemate did yesterday and said it was really good! I've got to see it in the cinema soon for sure

      Delete
  2. Absolutey love this book, the film is worth a watch but try forget about the book when you watch it as it will just never compare!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. I'm desperate to see it! But yeah I'm such a fan of the book I'm slightly apprehensive

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  3. I love this book!! I have seen it in the cinema too, but I would have loved to have experienced the film without having read the book! But this book is excellent :)

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    1. Ah I wanted to make sure I finished the book before watching the film. Not sure why, I just prefer to do things in that order! :)

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  4. I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! I was a bit miffed with the ending, but it's the only way it could've ended really! Still got to see the film !
    xx

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    1. I completely agree - the ending was quite abrupt. But in a strange way it worked!

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  5. I CANNOT wait. Literally. Well -- since I haven't seen it yet than I can wait. The book was awesome. I finishes it in two days.
    Anyways, her writing is so good that I am now reading another one of her books.

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    1. Yeah I'm so tempted to buy one of her others now!

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  6. This is on my list of books to read, I want to finish the book before I watch the film! Lovely review :) xx

    Toasty

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    1. Thanks :) I always seem to watch the film before reading the book, so I made sure that this time I do it the other way around so I can be that smug person in the cinema

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  7. I wish I had read the book before I had seen the film! Books are always better than the movie version. But I have to say the film is really good I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Fab review! :)

    Roxie x
    http://thebeautifulbluebird.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you :) I can't wait to see the film!

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  8. I have to admit, I haven't actually read the book yet but I loved your review! I saw this in the cinema and feel like I really need to read the book as I think the plot seems as though it would work so much better as a book xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

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    1. Thanks :) Yes definitely, I still don't see how it could translate as well into a film when the entire book is their direct thoughts

      Delete
  9. love your blog, and have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here is a link to my blog for all the details xx
    http://maryelizabethmalone.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  10. OMG, this blog is perfect for me because I love beauty, lifestyle and book posts :)
    yey! I love finding good blogs :D

    Alice x
    alzgalz.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! So glad you like it :) xo

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  11. I can't wait to read this! I'm hoping to read it before seeing the movie :)

    Sam | www.thatsfetch.com

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    1. I still haven't seen the movie :O But so so glad I read the book first anyway!

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  12. haven't ever heard of this book, but your review has made me itching to read it! sounds incredibly good!
    Ariana // Thoughts Through a Teacup

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    1. You really should read it! It's great (although the ending is a little...eh)

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