Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Book Club - Gone Girl


I don't post book reviews very often and tbh this is because I rarely find myself with the time to read a book unless I go on holiday.

But last week with a week off and a tan to top up I definitely found time to squeeze in completely this cover to cover.

Gone Girl has become very popular recently, on most tube journey's into work I see someone mid way through this. In terms of genre it's a thriller. The story's protagonist is Amy Dunne and the novel follows her and her husband, Nick, through their marriage. Whilst the theme of marriage and their relationship is central to the plot the story is still captivating to read as a very much unmarried girl.

As the story goes on more and more secrets are revealed. I'm not really the type to try and second guess a plot and try to figure out what will happen next but to me every single twist came as a shock. At one point I found it difficult to see how anything more interesting could happen, and I was only a third of the way through. I could not have been more wrong.

Whilst the book sits firmly in the Thriller genre it also does delve into ever popular chick lit discussions. Playing the ever popular game of pretending to be someone you're not at first to win him over then, after marriage, slowly molding your man into the man you want whilst simultaneously dropping all of the characteristics you put on the win him over in the first place - isn't marriage a riot eh?

One thing I really enjoyed was how modern and current the details of the story are. Looking at the mainstream media's role in missing women/girl cases:

"If you're about to do something, and you want to know if it's a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see"

As well as relationships through the omnipresent gaze of Facebook. Whilst it may not enable the book to become a literary classic it's an accurate product of it's time. Also looking at the effects of recession, job loss, the changing role of the breadwinner and the move towards having children later rather than sooner.

The book is also not short of celebrity endorsements with Reese Witherspoon having bought the film rights (with 20th Century Fox)

Definitely worth a read.

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