Book Review: Gone Girl

“She’s got trouble written right through her. Like a stick of Brighton Rock.” – Super Hans, Peep Show. 

So I read a lot. A three-year English Lit degree has, however, somewhat taken the enjoyment out of ‘fully immersing’ myself into a book and now I can’t help myself but analyze every facet of it. One book that really got me recently was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

I would recommend everyone read this book. It infuriated me the entire way through, but I loved it once I had raced through all of its 400+ pages in a mere couple of days.

Twentieth Century Fox have apparently already snapped up the film rights so get in there first to read this before it hits cinemas and all of the fabulous, quick-witted and toxic nuisances of the prose are lost on the big screen.

Story

On a summer’s morning in a quiet non-exciting suburb in Missouri, it’s Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Popping out to get some last minute bits and bobs, Nick returns to find the front door wide open and Amy nowhere to be seen.  What the hell has happened to Amy? Will the police believe Nick is innocent and has nothing to do with her disappearance and what does Amy’s diary, found in the house, tell of her side of the story?

The book’s structure is what makes it so genius. Initially we are with Nick – he’s our eyes and ears and even though he does seem oddly evasive, he doesn’t appear as the cold-hearted killer he is represented in the media and by the police. We hear from Amy but via a narrative device – the words of her diary. And through these it appears clear that maybe Nick isn’t all he seems…

However, half way through the book, we are jerked round 180 degrees and the story continues to unfold through the eyes of two incredibly unreliable narrators’ subjective points of view so we don’t know who or what to believe.

Gone Girl resonated so deeply with me due to Flynn’s uncanny ability to write with real emotional intelligence into relationships, along with writing a book that is completely ‘of it’s time.’

Battling with a double dose of disillusionment, both job-wise and in their relationship, Nick and Amy’s characters are easy to identify with. So many tweny/thirty-something readers will be thinking ‘oh yes, I know EXACTLY how that feels’ on more than one occasion throughout this book.

The way in which the media intrusion is mentioned in the book is also completely realistic and in line with our current Mail Online-obsessed culture; vultures for all the nitty gritty details of a personal story.

In a nutshell, this is a book that resonates as it asks the unknowable question – how well can one person really know another? *Suspiciously looks over at boyfriend*

READ IT.

You can buy here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gone-Girl-Gillian-Flynn/dp/0297859382

2 Comments

  1. 3rd January 2013 / 7:39 pm

    Another great review LMNH! I suggest you submit some of your work to one of the larger circulation newspapers – you deserve a bigger audience.