I made a rooky error, I watched the film first. And I LOVED the film so decided to read the book. I’m not sure if I loved the book quite as much, but I think it’s my fault for watching the film first, because I already knew the ending.
***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS***
Nevertheless, Gone Girl (book version) by Gillian Flynn is still extremely addictive. Even though I knew what was going to happen I couldn’t stop. I consumed it. The story is extremely well written, it jumps about a lot but it still flows well somehow. The diary entries from Amy are interspersed with Nick’s ‘side of the story’ and (like the film) we don’t hear from the real Amy until part 2 of the book. The film is very true to the book, which I like, apart fro, I felt the characterisation of Nick and Amy were not quite how they are portrayed in the book. For example, I fell that Nick is more likeable in the book. Ben Afflicks portrayal was nonchalant and suspicious (like Nick is supposed to be) but I also felt he was distinctly unlike able as a main character. I warmed to him much more in the novel. And Amy. Well. Rosalind Pike plays her (brilliantly I might add) as genuinely insane. The Amy in the book is not insane (in my opinion). She is plain evil.
During the book my loyality flicked between them so much I began questioning my own values. Amy is clearly evil but she is a woman scorned after all. But did she push him to that. I’m still not sure. And the ending was so open ended. I really hope there’s another.
Overall the book is agonising. In a good way. A few of my friends have found it a challenging read but I love heavy books like this. Something a bit dark and evil. And it is certainly that.
If you haven’t seen the film – read the book first. It will leave you like:
‘What?! Oh my god.. So has she just… No! Seriously?! Can you even wrote about s*** like this?!’
I have recently finished Beside Myself by Ann Morgan. This book has burst onto the shelves and has had a fantastic reception. I enjoyed it immensely but let me just say: this book FREAKED ME THE HELL OUT.
There are disturbing books, and then this. And the weird thing is I don’t really know why I found it disturbing. I have read books with way worse, more sick and weirder plots. But I found this one a total head f**k.
The story line (no spoilers, it gives this much away in the blurb):
2 identical twin girls, 1 is popular, clever and appreciated, the other is a loner, teased, perceived to be ‘slow’ and just generally lives a miserable existence. In the summer holidays they decide to ‘swap places’ for fun to see if they can fool their mother. They do. The next morning the poor sad twin decides she likes her new life as popular twin and won’t swap back, accusing her sister of ‘being silly and playing pretend’ when she tries to tell people the truth. The game doesn’t stop and they go on living the wrong life.
Oh my godddddd disturbing right?!
I must admit, it’s an amazing book but I found it uncomfortable to read. I was literally wincing as I read it. The plot made me feel trapped as if I was the twin stuck in her sisters life. It is not an easy book. Approach with caution.
However, if you enjoy books which challenge you and push you outside your comfort zone then I urge you to read it. It’s definitely one of a kind and will challenge your ideas about identity, siblings, the nature/nature debate, self fulfilling prophecies and probably your general sanity.
Cliché – I know! Everyone has read this book and everyone loved it. And guess what? I loved it too!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; the 2015 best seller that took te UK by storm and is now a ‘major motion picture’ (set in America, which I’m not impressed by. Is the orginal setting of a commuter train between London and it’s suburbs too grey for the film industry by any chance?!).
I didn’t just read this book, I consumed it. 3 days later and I was finished! To be honest that would only be my only criticism of it – it’s too addictive! Be prepared to give up your life in order to finish it as soon as possible!
Essentially a diary style thriller, the main character being Rachel, a divorced alcoholic trying to put her life back together who becomes wrapped up in a missing persons story which at times you are not sure if it’s real or all in her head. She is a likeable character and an unlikely heroin but I did find myself really rooting for her by the end. HUGE twist at the end but I won’t spoil it.
It’s a fantastic read. I think the diary style narrative makes it feel light and kind of ‘easy’ to read but at the same time the story is gripping and totally pulls you in from the start.
Can’t wait for the movie!