Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I began reading this book a few months ago, but a stream of good literature came along so I ditched it without hesitation. When it comes to books, I can be fickle like that.
When I think back to my first thoughts, there was no chemistry, hence why I found it so easy to just cast aside. But I was recently left high and dry after finishing A Respectable Trade as I didn’t have any new downloads to choose from and being on the tube I couldn’t even use my 3G! My heart started to pound, a little sweat formed above my brow and my face was I imagine quite panic stricken. Frantically tapping through my library to find anything I hadn’t read yet, Gone Girl saved the day. A little rusty at first but after a few days I got into a nice rhythm, it is a hefty book don’t you know?!
If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will know two things, the first my love of historical fiction and the second being my hatred for modern literature (juxtaposed I know!). So I didn’t have high expectations, I expected even less some form of actual writing skill. The story plods along and just when you feel like dropping off Gillian drops a bombshell. She uses this method frequently and after a few I realised just how much of a clever ploy this is. I won’t divulge said bombshells as you may not have read it yet, and there is a film coming out this October. But take it from me, they are big news!
The book is in 2 parts, the second half got really interesting! I almost couldn’t put it down. She turned the whole story on it’s head and aside from a few snore-y parts, which I admittedly skimmed, I was genuinely hooked.
This book could be a five star, for many it probably is considering the amount of people I saw reading this on my daily commute…and the awards;
- New York Times Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2012
- Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year
- People Magazine Best books of the year
- Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel
- Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best of the Year
- Macavity Award nominee for Best Mystery Novel
- Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel
- The Women’s Prize nominee for Fiction
- Strand Critics Award nominee
But for now, it is a 4.