Saturday, 8 February 2014

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn (2012)

2.5 stars

I ordered this book because I kept hearing things about it, and after I saw that it was one of the highest selling books of last year I decided to buy it. I have learned my lesson that although a book may be popular it may be because it's crazy.

The only word I can think of to describe this book is crazy. For the first part it seemed like a simple missing person's case but as soon as the second part started it turned into a novel about two psychopaths. It is told from two different perspectives, Nick's and Amy's, although in the first part of the novel Amy's perspective is told through diary entries. It is a well written book, I just really did not enjoy reading from two such crazy and sickening perspectives for so long - because it's a considerably long novel - and just going to bed with that in my head did not do well for my dreams. I didn't really have a favourite character in this novel considering all the main characters were pretty crazy, I wanted to like Desi or Nick because Neil Patrick Harris and Ben Affleck are playing them in the movie adaptation that is going to come out this year, but I really couldn't. I would recommend this book to any people who like crime/thriller novels with a good twist.

Nick returns home on the day of his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife missing, the police soon start to expect him when evidence that he swears is all circumstantial or not actually his starts to pile against him. It is soon found out that he has been having an affair with one of his students for over a year and the public turns against him, it is then that he starts to suspect his wife may have been pulling the strings. We learn that Amy is in fact still alive and has some serious psychological issues, she has been planning her husband's demise for over a year before she disappeared and had planted all the evidence and worked out how to lure him to incriminating locations without her being there. Nick then works out that all the people who Amy had said had stalked her or wronged her in the past had fallen prey to Amy's crazy personality and system of cruel justice. Amy is then robbed of all the cash she had to live on and she goes to one of her ex boyfriends, Desi (who is also crazy), and although she only wanted money she ended up living in one of his houses without being able to leave. She decides to go back to Nick so she drugs Desi and kills him and then returns home and tells them that he was the one who kidnapped her and raped her, although Nick and one officer still know that it was Amy all along and she should be in prison they don't have any evidence to prove it. Amy decides to write a book so the entire public knows her version of things, so Nick does the same but before he can publish it Amy gets pregnant with Nick's baby and he drops all his plans so he can look after the child.

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