Published by Phoenix on January 23, 2013
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller
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Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
I love thrillers for the lasting impression they can give you, and Gone Girl is the best of them – twisted, fucked up, shocking, disturbing and absolutely riveting.
I’ve never read a book like Gone Girl, packed full of twists and turns that you will never see coming. The book constantly kept me guessing, and as soon as I think I’ve grasped the truth and I know with certainty what is happening – it will fall away from me and leave me gasping in shock and exhilaration.
There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.
The exploration of the highly complex characters Nick and Amy Dunne, who to outsiders are perfect in blissful marriage was one that kept me on my toes. Nick’s stoic and emotionless actions to his wife’s disappearance, and Amy’s perfection is conveyed really well. You just want to get to the bottom of these two characters – although we never really will – as they balance each other so well, even when their marriage starts breaking down.
Marriage is not the only relationship that is explored, Nick and his twin sister Go have a wonderful close sibling relationship, which was really refreshing to see. From their parent’s influences and upbringing, to where they live, and their views and relationships with their parents, family and inlaws, each of these will have an affect on the people they are – and become.
There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.
Gillian Flynn’s writing is smart, intelligent and witty, and purposeful as every single line and lead will deliver it’s full impact throughout the story. The manipulation of the media, the opinion of the public, the nuances of a local Sheriff’s department and small town living – there is so much that is explored in this book, and it is seamless.
Just a warning – the ending is frustratingly open-ended and vague, but strangely fitting. It will leave you pondering the fate of the characters for a very long time.
Gone Girl is one of the best thrillers I have ever read – shocking, disturbing, smart and suspenseful – exactly what a thriller should be. I found it absolutely gripping from start to finish, and it’s one that leaves you with a lasting impression.
Rating: 5 out of 5
I saw the Gone Girl trailer and immediately picked up the book, it had such a suspenseful vibe to it I just wanted to know the answers. I’m really glad I read the book before the movie, so I could get a more complete, deeper version of a marriage gone wrong.
The characters were all cast perfectly, with Ben Affleck’s emotionless face, his calm and collected composure, and his strange actions made us both doubt and believe him at the same time. Rosamund Pike was the perfect Amy, she was as Amazing and charming as the book made her out to be and you could just see how he could fall in love with her. The nuances of her character was captured really well, and there was something really chilling about her stare and her voice.
It was great having Gillian Flynn as the screenplay writer, as the movie mostly stayed true to the book except for some conveniences to convey the story better on screen. I actually didn’t mind the changes, but I was really glad to have the background knowledge from the book as well. There will be some key differences, especially to do with Desi and some characters that were cut out, but for the most part, the movie really captured the disturbing and suspenseful essence of the book.
Watching the movie was a really powerful experience – even though I knew what was coming, I had my heart in my throat the whole time as I knew what was going to happen. While the story doesn’t have much action, the twists will really throw you especially as you see really shocking and disturbing things come into play on screen. If anything, I was even more disturbed and shocked from the happenings on screen, and it made it hard to sleep at night.
If you are looking for a disturbing, shocking, suspenseful and fucked up movie to watch – I completely recommend seeing Gone Girl, but be prepared for some disturbing scenes. You don’t have to read the book to enjoy the movie, but of course I’d recommend reading it as well to get to know what is going through the characters’ heads.
Verdict: GO SEE IT – if you don’t mind getting disturbed.
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