I love jumping on bandwagons. Seriously, I'm so basic when it comes to stuff like that. I live for popular culture so when there is a huge movie series, book series, or a new boy band on the block, it immediately becomes the object of my affection.
Twilight, the Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Grey, Jonas Brothers, One Direction.. you name it, I've loved it.
That's why, it was no different when I heard everyone and their mother talking about "Gone Girl". I had seen the book around bookstores before the movie was announced and considered picking it up but wasn't sure if I would be able to handle the storyline.
When the movie was announced, I knew I was going to have to read eventually. I put it off till this summer when I was looking for a new book to read and took the plunge and bought "Gone Girl" on my iPad.
I didn't actually read it though because I got distracted. However as the movie release came closer and more of my friends were reading it, I knew it needed to be done.
After finishing "Big Little Lies", I wanted something just as suspenseful and thrilling so I decided, why not! I started the book on September 30th, the week of the premiere and finished on October 2nd. That's really fast reading and it's kind of ridiculous.
I've always been known as a fast reader, especially when something is pulling me in and my oh my, did "Gone Girl" pull me in.
Let me start off by saying that yes, "Gone Girl" IS as good as everyone is saying. It's enticing, thrilling, suspenseful, crazy, insane, confusing, and borderline scary. I scare very easily so don't take my word but yeah, I didn't sleep the night I finished the book.
The book is separated into parts, present day Nick and then "past day" Amy, writing in her diary.
I won't give away any spoilers but basically, the book is about Nick and Amy's marriage and how things were rough between them and suddenly, Amy disappears on their 5th wedding anniversary. The whole thing seems really sketchy and Nick eventually becomes public enemy number one.
It's very eery, reading Amy's diary and seeing how her and Nick's marriage fell apart. It makes you second guess everything happening in the book. I had really mixed feelings while reading the first half of the book and that feeling was proven right when the second half of the book happened.
I was shocked at the twist, (you'll know when the twist happens) and had to stop reading to get a grip. It was just bat shit crazy. I can't even explain my reaction.
Anyways, I don't want to give too much away but the ending was a cliffhanger. It was so much of a cliffhanger that I googled if there was a sequel being written. There isn't and Gillian Flynn wanted to leave the ending open on purpose.
As I said in my "Big Little Lies" review, I don't like suspense novels but after reading that and now "Gone Girl", I'm pretty hooked.
"Gone Girl" was the perfect combination of romance, Law and Order SVU, humor, and thriller. I would honestly re-read this again (I NEVER re-read books) because it's that good.
I can't even explain how incredible this book is written, how well it was planned out, and the story just flowed beautifully. I love a good twist in a novel and this was the twist of all twists.
I love "Gone Girl" so much, I'm going to read Gillian Flynn's other book "Sharp Objects" which I won in the October Birchbox Birchbloggers Book Club so look out for that review soon!
FYI: I haven't seen the movie yet so yeah, that needs to happen ASAP.
Have you read "Gone Girl"? What were your thoughts?