Sunday, May 5, 2013

Read:: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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I am obsessed with thrillers and good crime novels so since Claire introduced me to author Gillian Flynn I have slowly been working my way through her books. Most recently I finished Gone Girl which made the New York bestseller list in 2012.

The story instantly throws you into the inharmonious marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne who have just moved from New York to Nick's small hometown to open a bar after both losing their jobs in the financial crisis. On their wedding anniversary Amy goes missing from their home with evidence of a violent struggle. The story alternates from being told by Amy and Nick, however whilst Nick narrates from the present, Amy narrates their relationship from the beginning.

For me this book continually kept me guessing as a good thriller should do. I loved the different dimensions of the characters - Flynn has a skill of making you like one character and then just as quickly revealing a character flaw that made you question whether you really did like them or not. The whole time you are reading the book something just doesn't feel right and its that feeling the propels you through the book at a lightening fast pace.

For me the ending was not what I expected, it was actually an ending that just wasn't comfortable for me. I can tell it had an impact on me because I could not get it out of my head! I randomly stumbled across this interview with Flynn and found it really helped me to understand why she went with the ending but don't read it until you finish the book as it completely gives the book away!

I give 'Gone Girl' 7 bookworms out of 10.


  1. Oooh I LOVED Gone Girl! I'm not normally into thrillers, but this one had me totally hooked! It really messes with you doesn't it? Until the twist half way through, and then it sort of makes sense again haha :)

  2. Yay for book reviews. I've been meaning to post about our blogger book club but haven't quite got around to it yet. Would you still read a book if you found out what the ending was? It's not so much an issue for me, I don't mind :)

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  4. OH thanks for the link to that interview, really interesting! I wasn't a big fan of the ending either, I just didn't find it quite believable honestly, but the book itself hooked me the whole time!

    I love this review you shared, yay books :)

  5. ooh I've been wanting to read this for a while now and you've intrigued me enough to go and get it xx

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  7. I am always looking for new authors to read. I have learnt that randomly picking books from store shelves because the write-up at the back looks good, did not work well for me. Recommendations from fellow readers are a sure bet. Will look out for this one.

  8. I loved Gone Girl! The entire time I was thinking....hmmmm this book makes me feel totally normal haha.

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  10. I can't wait to read that interview! I know the ending didn't sit well with a lot of people. It was disturbing!

    I still have one of her books left to read. . . I think it's Dark Places? I needed a break from her after Sharp Objects, which I found more deranged than Gone Girl!

    Glad you read it :)

  11. OMG LOVE this book! but agree thr ending wasn't satisfying enough. Another book in a similiar vein (but better ending) is 'Before I go to sleep' - so good! x

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