Review: Gone Girl

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‘You think you’re reading a good, conventional thriller, and then it grows into a fascinating portrait of one averagely mismatched relationship.’ – The Times.

The Times review almost fully encapsulates why I enjoyed reading this book. 

Gone Girl is a captivating read, told in first person via the musings of Nick Dunne and via the diary of his wife, Amy. 

The benefit of a first person narrator is the directness of the narration; a story that isn’t bogged down by exposition or mind-numbing similes, metaphors, etc.

I love reading books containing unreliable narrators (‘Fight Club’ is still my favourite, closely followed by ‘Alias Grace’), and it made reading Gone Girl all the more enjoyable.

The ending was quite frustrating – with so many strong-willed characters, I was expecting a grand finale of sorts. Still, as other reviewers have sorted out, it does stay true to the overall feel of the story, rather than feeling like a cop-out.