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Book Review: Gone Girl

Holy crap! This book was utter perfection. I’m struggling to even comprehend my thoughts because my brain is just crazy. So, I’m sorry if this review is a complete mess. I’m just trying to process my thoughts. There just wasn’t a dull moment in Gillian Flynn’s hit and rightly raved about Gone Girl.

There are two sides to every story.

When Nick Dunne’s wife Amy suddenly disappears on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, the police suspect Nick.

Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches.
He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?



Finally! A book that is worth of all the hype. I am extremely pleased that Gone Girl wasn’t a let down in the slightest. After all, I have to admit that I loved pretty much everything about this book.

The writing style is different to something I would normally read. However, I found it really easy to get into. Flynn’s writing is so cleverly executed and Nick and Amy, who both narrate the book with both of them having separate chapters of their own from their perspective, each had distinct voices. I was immediately hooked from the start and was reluctant to put it down. Alas, exam revision won the battle, but that didn’t stop me from delving back to the story of Amy and Nick every night.

It is taking all the self restraint I can muster not to tell you about all the exciting, thrilling twists in Gone Girl. There were so many things that I did not see coming. It was one emotional roller-coaster as I followed Nick on his journey to discover what has happened to his wife through the anniversary treasure hunt that Amy has left for him before her disappearance.

I’ve seen that a lot of people dislike Amy and Nick, mainly Amy, but I effing love her! I think I was always on Amy Elliott Dunne’s team from day one. Yes, she’s a sociopath – but she’s damn clever and I must admit that I can see her reasoning for doing some of things she did. That’s not me saying that if you emotionally hurt me then I’ll pull an Amy Dunne on you because I do not have half the discipline and courage that Amy Dunne has. However, that’s not me saying that I won’t think about it!

She’s twisted, but you cannot deny her magnificent brain. Amy Dunne is a psycho bitch, but a smart one at that.

Both the characters are flawed in their own right, but they are also human. Gone Girl never felt over the top despite all the crazy events, it felt real. As if this could actually be a case that we’d see plastered all over the papers and broadcast on the news nearly every night. That’s all down to Flynn’s impeccable writing. She made the plot seem genuine and believable while making characters, like Amy and Nick, likable. That’s no easy task!

I could discuss Gone Girl for days. It really is such a breathtaking, gripping read. Would you expect anything less from a Richard and Judy Book Club Selection (haha!!) But I did love it. I loved it soooo much. Amy Dunne might just be one of my favourite female fictional characters yet. Fight me.

Honestly, I recommend Gone Girl to everyone. Even if adult books aren’t for you, Gone Girl may just change that. I’ve seen so many people say that they don’t like crime, mystery thrillers (I’m not one of those people), however, despite the fact that this isn’t a genre that appeals to them, they still enjoyed Gone Girl. I urge you, if you haven’t, to read it so we can indulge in discussions about the characters and the plot because this is one of those books that I cannot shut up about and would happily write endless essays on!

I look forward to reading more from Gillian Flynn in the future.



  • Renee Bookboyfriends
    March 19, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I'm glad it lived up to the hype! It's so awesome when a book does that and then you're all like "I GET YOU PEOPLE NOW OMG LET ME FLAIL WITH YOU GUYS!!!"well at least that's what happens to me…. XDLots of people have seen the movie and so I've heard a bit about this book, but I'm thinking that the book is probably better than the movie. ;P I'll have to give this one a go!Thanks for sharing Samantha! xoxo

    • Samantha
      March 24, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Yup, I'm exactly the same. I definitely recommend this one. I'm still in awe of how perfect it was and I haven't been able to shut about it for a week. The movie is actually really good, I thought it was very true to the book. Rosamund Pike was, if you'll pardon the pun, an 'amazing' Amy haha. xx


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