Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

gone-girlSpoiler Alert: You’ve probably already read this, but just in case you haven’t, there will be spoilers in this review. Gone Girl was one of those books that was so hyped up last year that you kind of had to read it just to be involved in the ‘book hype’ of 2013.

Firstly, I have Gone Girl and Gillian Flynn to thank for me exploring the genre of contemporary thriller, and since reading Gone Girl I have read two more of Flynn’s novels: Sharp Objects and Dark Places, both of which I thought were really good.

Gone Girl is the story of Nick and Amy, a pair of really unpredictable and unreliable narrators. Nick is quite pathetic as a person, and lies to the reader on several occasions, including hiding his affair with Andie from us. And Amy, well she’s as manipulative as they come, she manipulates us and she manipulated many of the other characters in the novel.

Amy attempts at first to frame Nick for her murder, and is almost getting away with it until she starts to think she’ll be recognised. Then she decides to frame Desi for her kidnapping and murders him. Her story is ultimately believed by all but her less than adoring husband. If only he was sensible enough to see that she had psychopathic issues before marrying her…

One aspect of Gone Girl that I found interesting, and troubling, was the fact that you can never really know a person completely. I’m sure that myself and my other half know each other very well, at least, we know a lot of things about each other – lots of facts that add up to make our impression of a person – but can we ever really know what goes on in another person’s mind? Gone Girl says no, and underlines that ‘no’ many times.

It’s definitely a captivating read, and will keep you going. However, I thought the ending let it down. It just didn’t satisfy me. I couldn’t bring myself to imagine that anyone would stay in that kind of situation, which is what makes me think that Nick is pathetic. Also, Amy’s last words highlight that she is delusional and makes me think of a young manipulative pre teen trying to play grown up. She seems to delude herself into thinking that all will be forgiven because she is pregnant – that just screams immaturity to me.

Oh and at the end of this year the film adaptation will be released, apparently with Ben Affleck and Neil Patrick Harris. Im intrigued to see how it will be adapted for screen.

Admittedly I liked Gillian Flynn’s other work much more than I liked this, but still, not bad.


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