Sunday, 16 March 2014

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

4 stars

The trouble with reviewing a book like Gone Girl is that you can't really say much about it without spoiling it for others. But I'll try...

When Nick's wife, Amy, disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary, something seems a little off. Not at all the grieving husband, instead Nick spends his time lying to everyone and douchebagging around, and as the perspective switches between him in the days following her disappearance and Amy's diary entries in the years leading up to it, it starts to look more and more like Nick might not just be an asshole, but a murderer too. But are things really as they seem?

A book that keeps you second-guessing yourself the whole way through, knowing you're being manipulated into certain ways of thinking by unreliable and deeply unlikeable characters, and yet still compelling enough that I found myself staying up long into the night turning (virtual) pages, as layer after layer of lies was peeled away and the truth slowly emerged.

Gone Girl is now apparently being made into a movie by David Fincher - I personally think that Batffleck is rather a good choice for Nick (he has a perfectly smug beat-me mouth, don't you think?) but now I'm far more interested to see how they pull off Amy...

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