|Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. £3.80, discounted from £7.99 here.|
Okay, Gone Girl. This is a bit of a tricky review to write because I almost don't know how I feel about this book. There has been a lot of hype surrounding it and ultimately the reviews I read that stated it had a shocking ending that they didn't see coming had me thinking 'yep, this is definitely a book for me' and I picked it up as soon as I saw it in my local charity shop. I had barely opened my front door or taken my coat off before I eagerly immersed myself in the story, I expected to be gripped from the first page and to completely and utterly love it. But... I didn't. And I'm not exactly sure why, but I'll try and figure it out.
I really like the differing perspectives throughout the narrative, one from Nick's point of view and one from Amy's. It keeps it interesting but I think those differing perspectives are there to make my opinion of each of the characters alter as the narrative progresses. Unfortunately I hated both of the main characters from the start, I continued to hate them both throughout and I even still hate them a little bit now, which is a shame because I'm fairly sure I was supposed to like Amy at the beginning and feel sorry for Nick in a few places. The strange thing is I couldn't really tell you why I hated them, so I'm not necessarily sure this really matters because at least it shows I was involved in the story enough to have such strong feelings for the characters.
Ultimately I think it's the plot that ended up falling a little short for me. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, at least I think I liked it. It was a page turner, one of those I struggled to put down and I zoomed through it in a few afternoons. But I think I was expecting something a little creepier and a little more subtle, but unfortunately I kind of had the rest of the book figured out about a third of the way through and from there on there weren't many surprises for me. It's one of those books I can't really say too much about because I'll end up ruining it for you if you want to read it but I'll just say that I think I've watched way too many episodes of CSI and way too many psychological thrillers. It is quite disturbing in a 'can you ever really know anyone completely' kind of way, I just expected more I suppose. The last few paragraphs are brilliant, definitely don't skip to the last page and read it first!
Gillian Flynn's writing style was something I did love. Even though there were a few points I thought she gave a little too much away in one go, I think her attention to detail is pretty perfect and she has the ability to really build up a scene that makes you feel like you're there, looking in on the lives of the characters. Despite this book not quite living up to my expectations, I will definitely be reading more of her work.
I had a hard time giving this book an overall rating, at first I thought it was a solid 3 out of 5, but it seemed a little mean. I liked the idea, I liked the writing & it kept me interested until the end. I would absolutely recommend it, I think it's definitely worth a go if it sounds like something you think you would like. So, I guess in the end I did like it, but I expected to love it & I'm a little disappointed I didn't.
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