Book Review: Gone Girl

So I am not off to a very good start with my weekly book reviews. My very first book, and I’m way off my timeline of a Friday review. I actually finished Gone Girl on Monday, but I didn’t have time to post my review. But no excuses, I have to make it up to you all. So my next book (Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver) I will finish in three days. If I do not post a review by Friday I will have to do the walk of shame and never show my face on this blog again. Hopefully that doesn’t happen, so fingers crossed and I have to get reading.

Although it took me longer than I expected to read the book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was fantastic. From start to finish I was in suspense wondering what the main characters would do next. The book centres around Nick and Amy Dunne, who live in North Carthage, Missouri. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. The case becomes a national media sensation and Nick becomes the target of the investigation, leading some of his family and friends to question whether or not he killed Amy. Slowly it is revealed that Nick and Amy didn’t have as perfect of a marriage as some may have suspected, and their private lives begin to unravel (in particular for Nick).

Flynn’s characters are full of lies and deceit, and as a reader you are left wondering what should be taken as truth and what is clearly a lie. Often times I was so convinced of something, only to be proven wrong in the next chapter.

One thing that I noticed in particular is that the book examines the roles that people often play in society in order to be considered “perfect”, “normal,” or just to fit in with societal norms. What the characters present to the world/public may not be what they truly feel or want. But they do it. Why? Maybe because they feel they must? They have an incessant need to be the “perfect” couple or the nuclear family that they see on TV or in the movies?

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is one part in the book where Amy discusses these socially constructed roles in society, and I loved it! It brought me back to my Feminism 101 classes, and you don’t often see references to this school of thought in mainstream mystery books.

Throughout the book, I began to develop a love/hate relationship with the two main characters, Nick and Amy. Both characters are not innocent, but at the same time they share good moments together, and when Flynn delves deeper into the characters’ pasts, you begin to understand why they are the way they are.

If you are looking for a suspenseful mystery thriller, that keeps you guessing from start to finish, this book is definitely for you. Overall I give this book a 4.5/5. Now I just have to watch the movie and see how it compares to the book.

This week I will be reading Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, which I MUST read by Friday. I will stay up all night if I have to. My roommate read this book last week and she told me that I have to read it. There is some sort of twist ending and she wants to discuss it. So I better get started!

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