Travel Reads [ Gone Girl ]
Friday, February 21, 2014
Stars: ☆☆☆ 1/2
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has been topping the bestseller charts for awhile now, so I figured I would pick it up at the airport for some light reading on the way to Chamonix. I didn't know much about the book other than that it was a crime thriller and apparently people couldn't put it down. And that's why I chose it...I always need a good distraction while flying!
So the book lived up to it's promise and hooked me in pretty quickly. It kept me entertained on the flight from London to Geneva. Without giving too much away, the plot goes a little something like this. The first chapter begins with the husband, Nick Dunne, discovering that his wife of 5 years, Amy, is missing. The house is in disarray and it looks as though their was a struggle. The chapter is told from Nick's perspective as he is going through the emotions of discovering his wife is missing. The second chapter begins with a entry from Amy's diary from the night the two met 7ish years prior and the book continues in this fashion, back and forth between present day Nick to Amy's diary.
Amy is the daughter of wealthy psychologist-turned-author parents and has never wanted for anything in her life. She was a writer in New York when she met Nick. Nick is from a middle class family in midwestern Missouri and was also a writer in New York when he met Amy. They both lose their jobs within close timing of each other and decide it best to retun to Missouri to help take care of Nick's mother who is dying of cancer. Nick and his sister Margo purchase a bar and Amy continues to search for something to do in the small midwest town.
As the chapters unfold, Nick becomes the prime suspect in the case and can't seem to win over the public opinion. I have to say at first, I was really intrigued with the book...who could have kidnapped/killed Amy? But, for me, the book became a little predictable about halfway in. Once the twist becomes apparent, the rest seems predicatable. Of course, I continued to read at a ridiculous rate just to see what happened, but towards the end, I just wanted it to be over. And when I got the the end, I was really irritated with the ending! Can't there always just be a perfect ending?!
Well, at any rate, if you like crime thrillers this one is definitely an easy read and will keep you turning the pages. Did I walk away from this book with any real emotions from it? No....except irritation at the ending. Would I recommend it to others? Yes and no- I think it depends on the person! Definitely not one that I would gush about :)
Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think?