Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (SPOILER FREE)

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (SPOILER FREE)

Rating: 3.5/5

Nick Dunne seems like your average guy. Former magazine writer in NYC, now he owns a bar with his sister and teaches a writing class. His relationship with his wife, Amy Elliot, started off amazing but has now... fizzled out. On the morning of their 5th wedding anniversary, Nick pops out and when he returns his wife is gone. No note, just gone. There's evidence of a struggle, but what will the police find out?

This is my first book by Flynn and I've heard Gone Girl is her weakest novel so far, so it'll be interesting to see how I compare it to her other works. The writing was interesting. I'm still not 100% sure how I felt about it. I liked that every second chapter was in the form of Amy's diary, it broke up the main story and . I disliked a lot of the language, for some reason there was a lot of mentions towards people smelling like vaginas. Still not sure why it was needed so many times.

I've never really read a thriller before, but I could kind of see where the ending was going pretty early on. While it did entertain me, it was predictable enough that when some of the majour plot twists happened I wasn't totally surprised. Some caught me off guard for sure, but one or two of the big ones I'd already figured out.

The characters were just that. Characters in a book, not characters I cared for or felt a connection to. Nick was simply an asshole. Amy and her parents were annoying. I think the reason I finished this book was because I liked the idea of it. Normally if I don't care for any characters I lose interest.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Honestly, I'm not sure. I think I'd need to read a few more books within the thriller/mystery genre before telling people what to (or not to) read. If you're like me though and haven't really ventured into this category maybe pick it up and let me know what you think. 

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