Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was a wickedly good read. It had so many twists and turns that it kept me reading. I had seen the movie adaption before I read the book, and I absolutely loved it. However, I was a little nervous about reading it since I knew what was going to happen; it was still a wonderful read. The characters are so dynamic and realistic. The constant switching from Amy to Nick made for an exciting read. I recommend to anyone who loves a good thriller and loves devious mind games and excitement. I give this book a 5 out of 5. Here is my Five Things Wrap Up.
- The characters are so dynamic
Amy and Nick are the stereotyped wife and husband. Amy is at first trying to appear to be the “cool girl” who can throw back beers and eat pizza with the guys. She does not want to seem naggy or clingy. She is every guy’s dream. However, a couple of years into their marriage it is not so easy being cool. She needs to be “true to herself.” She becomes the wife every man dreads. She starts to nag Nick and become bitter. She just wants him to lover her, and do her bidding. She needs a man to worship her. As a woman, I have to admit… we all have an Amy side to ourselves. Now there is Nick… he is a man’s man. He has a problem putting in the effort and fails to read Amy’s mind. Typical man right? They are every couple’s downfall. You don’t want to be a Nick and you don’t really want to be an Amy either. Flynn did a magnificent job creating these characters.
- The dual point of view is perfect.
The back and forth between Amy and Nick is amazing. It feels like a ping pong match between them. The change from the point of view keeps things interesting because you see how both react in their tight web of lies and deceit. The book would not work if it was just taken from Nick’s point of view. It makes you giddy with adrenaline and excitement.
- Writing style
The writing style was also perfect. Amy and Nick were both in the writing industry, and it reflects in the dramatic style that Flynn writes in. The word choice and descriptions are vivid and modern. The devious flair and rawness that Flynn uses that is irresistible. Her attention to detail is merciless. Hooray, Gillian Flynn!
- Movie adaption
The movie adaption is fabulous. They did a great job capturing the crazy that is Amy and Nick. However, I was a little surprised about how Neil Patrick Harris receiving the role of Desi… he is too cute to be creepy. Also, despite the amazing adaption, the book was definitely creepier. So, if you have just seen the movie… pick up the book!
- Favorite quote
“It’s humbling, to become the very thing you once mocked,”- Gillian Flynn. We all have to become people we never thought that we would. Good or bad we evolve as people, but we are still ourselves. I think this quote best describes what it is like to turn into our parents. We poke fun at them, but one day we will be them.
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