Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Nick and Amy Dunne are married five years. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears. From the look of their home there was a struggle. The story that follows reveals a marriage that had been slowly disintegrating over the years.
Now the question that is on everyone’s mind is: what happened to Amy?
As the police investigations begins, eyes turn to Nick. Did he kill her? The evidence certainly seem to say that he did. But what if he didn’t? Then where is Amy?
Intense, and incredibly gripping, this psychological thriller was hard to put down. The story is told from both the perspective of Nick as well as Amy. As the story unfolds, you find yourself searching their words and thoughts for any hints of discord, or incongruity, or even psychosis. Who are these people really? What do their thoughts say about them? What on earth happened to Amy?
This story easily had the potential to be an A. Unfortunately, for me it missed the mark a bit. This original and powerful plot was great and thoroughly enjoyable. However, I found the execution often questionable. Overrun with all kinds of vulgarity and obscenity, the story’s plot and writing were often overshadowed. The crudity was distracting, ineffective, and didn’t add anything to the story. In fact, it took away from the story. And for that, I was incredibly disappointed. To me, that takes what would otherwise be a great writer, and shows him or her in an unfavourable light. It shows a lack of creativity and imagination, as well as a small vocabulary. To me, a good writer can get their point across and demonstrate the mindset of their characters without stooping to this dirty and disgusting level.
That being said, the story itself is awesome. I loved it. If you don’t mind heaps of vulgarity (or can at least overlook them), then you will undoubtedly enjoy this book. If you’re not interested in copious amounts of foul language and sexual innuendos, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.