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Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
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Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Advantages: Interesting read, relationships
Gone Girl is described as, "The addictive No. 1 US bestseller that everyone is talking about."
I first read about this book in the magazine Grazia and it mentioned how it was being read by anyone who's anyone is Hollywood and that it had been on Oprah etc and so I decided to give it a try. I ordered it from Amazon and it arrived in a matter of days and a paperback cost me £4.99.
The synopsis from the back of the book is as follows: "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 mobile phone. So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
You get to know Amy by a series of diary entries that begin when she firsts meets Nick, then at the start of their marriage, when they move back to his hometown and so on. You get to know Nick through his thoughts, starting on the day that Amy disappeared so you get a different perspective from each person. Nick has a twin sister Go, (Margo) who features quite a lot too. I'm not sure who to like in this book as it makes you have good feelings towards both Amy and Nick when you hear their different stories so I like how the author turns it about all the time and makes you question things.
It's described as a thriller but I don't really think its a thriller in the real sense of the word, although I really like it I think it's a bit mundane in places and to me it's more of a relationship book with some scaryish elements in it. It's hard not to say too much about this book without giving it away so I will say this, you will find out what happens and may or may not like the outcome, ha ha, cryptic but true but it's still got me thinking about it now so the book has definitely gotten to me.
I liked it because it has to do with a couple coming up to their 5th year wedding anniversary, just like my husband and I. Although we don't have any problems like the ones that Nick and Amy have in the book its interesting to see how two people can view the same situation in two very different ways and draw a completely different conclusion about how that situation went. I think it also taught me in a way how to be a better wife and partner and try to not let the little things slip liek they did in this marriage. The sentence, "There are two sides to every story" features on the front of the book and I think this is definitely a very poignant sentence and one to think about from time to time.
I finished this book, all 466 pages in a little over a week so it's a quick read and not taxing but a page turner and I always wanted to go back to it to find out what was happening. There's an interesting bit in the back entitled, "In conversation with Gillian Flynn," the author, where she talks about her characters and its interesting to read her take on things. The book is from Orion Books and has an ISBN of 978-0-7538-2766-6.
Summary: Gone GIrl book