First things first, I have never written a review where a major spoiler wasn’t dropped at unsuspecting readers. And with this review, I am trying very hard to keep the story as elusive for you all as possible. However if unintentionally I do let something loose, I apologize in advance. (I have spoilt more books for my book-loving friends than Hollywood can every boast to do).
So Gone Girl. The movie just came out recently and everybody is losing their minds over it. If you are an avid reader, watching the movie before reading the book is nothing short of blasphemy. So with this thought in mind, I too, decided to read the book first.
Boy meets girl. Boy girl fall in love. Boy girl get married. Boy girl grow apart. Boy has to move back to his native town to look after his sick mother, and takes girl with him. One fine day, girl disappears.
There is an ominous sign of struggle. The living room of the house they live is is a mess. The police are called to investigate. What starts off as a missing person’s case soon converts into a homicide with all clues pointing towards the boy – Nick if you must know. So did he really kill his wife – Amy? Or was she kidnapped?
On the surface of things, you can say the book appears to be well, nothing out of the ordinary. But wait till you get to the good part. The author Gillian Flynn very successfully manages to spin a web that draws you in tighter and tighter as you read on.
These best part about this book I felt was the way it was written from the point of view of both the main characters. Just when you start feeling sorry for one character, bam, she gives you the same story from the other side and you are left flabbergasted. Of course once you reach part two and the real story begins you cannot wait to discover what happens at the end.
The ending. Yes. If you think you can successfully dodge any curveball any author throws your way, you are in for a painful wake up call. The ending shocks you. A ‘what in the name of hell’ shock.
The book is one roller coaster ride after another, starting off slow, then steering off rapidly. A definite must read.
I now wait for the movie to be available in a decent print. I have heard they changed the ending a bit for the movie version. If so, I am very intrigued. Once I watch it, I’ll do a movie vs book review as well.
Bonus: I am adding a trailer of the movie:
Double Bonus: Here is a list I found of 9 books you can read if you loved Gone Girl, bookmark it for later.
- Cartwheel BY Jennifer Dubois
- Dare Me by Megan Abbott
- I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
- I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
- What Was She Thinking? By Zoë Heller
- The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
For more details you can check out http://www.bustle.com/articles/32570-if-you-loved-gone-girl-try-reading-these-9-other-books-too