I’m angry at myself for not reading this sooner. It’s one of those books that I’ve been seeing everywhere since the moment it came out. I remember seeing it in the new releases section of the bookstore and thinking ‘hmmm that looks interesting’. I remember reading rave reviews about it online and thinking I really must invest in a copy. I remember people actually saying have you read Gone Girl yet? No I hadn’t I was busy reading something else. And now finally I’m jumping on the film release bandwagon and I hate myself a little bit.
As a rule I usually try to read the book before I watch a film and so because a friend kindly loaned me their brand-spanking new copy of the DVD of Gone Girl I decided I better read the book. I’m ashamed to admit I borrowed the book off a different friend. I didn’t even spend a penny. Shame on me. This book was so worth spending money on. I bought Fifty Shades for Christ’s sake.
Gone Girl is one of those books that will haunt your dreams and waking thoughts for weeks after finishing it. I’ve only finished it an hour ago and I know this already. The characters are scarily brilliant. Especially Amy. Oh Amy…
You begin this book thinking I don’t really like this Nick character what an arrogant, dickish man. You think maybe he is also a little bit evil and you begin to hate him. This is Amy making you dislike him. But you, the reader, don’t even realise. You are being manipulated by a character in a book. It’s scarily brilliant. I’m using that phrase a lot because it’s the only one I feel describes this book accurately. It’s scary and it’s brilliant and more often than not it’s both at the same time.
Amy’s character is written fantastically well because for the first half of the book you empathise with her as a wronged wife. She does everything she can to make her failing marriage work and her dickhead husband does nothing except make it worse. Sometimes their stories don’t quite match up but that’s because he’s an asshole who doesn’t pay attention right? Wrong. It’s because most of the first half of the book didn’t actually happen.
Amy’s the most psychotic character you’ll probably ever have the pleasure to read about. She’s extremely intelligent and also completely and utterly insane. But she hides it unbelievably well.
I loved this book. I could barely put it down. I’m embarrassed I waited this long to read it. I wish I could have been one of the first few to discover it and think wow this is going to be huge. Instead I’m a bandwagon fan but at least I’m definitely a fan.