Friday, May 29, 2015
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
I enjoyed it, but I wasn't blown away.
This is the story of Nick and Amy Dunne. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing and Nick, Amy's parents and the police are left to figure out what has happened, where she has gone and whether or not she is still alive.
Of course, as most stories go, there is more to the story than originally appears and as the book progresses more and more secrets are revealed. It makes for a pretty good page-turner.
The book is told in both Nick and Amy's voices in alternating chapters. I found that to be a great device to keep me reading. One of Amy's chapters would end on a suspenseful note, then I'd have to read Nick's chapter, then by the time I figured out what had happened to Amy, I was wondering what was happening to Nick. And so I kept reading.
My main problem with the book is that the main characters were, for the most part, despicable. There just isn't anything likable about them and you can't really find yourself cheering for either one of them. It's hard for me to say more without revealing some major plot points, but I will leave it that neither of them are nice people.
Aside from that it is a well-written and suspenseful book. If you are looking for an exciting summer read, this would be a good choice. It would be a great vacation book. If you're a character-driven person, this may not be the book for you.
Now to see the movie and see how that compares.