Let me just say, I feel that I’m horrible at writing these things but I just finished the book, like seriously, two seconds ago, and needed to write this.
I just finished reading Gone Girl: A Novel. It’s not my normal choice of book but I had seen it mentioned on numerous lists and blogs and figured what the hell. Of course I waited until I had a gift card for Amazon because I wasn’t about to pay $12.99 for an e-book. It’s been super slow here at work with the holidays which gave me the perfect opportunity to start a new book. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. The story was crazy! I had to know what happened next. If I was reading a paper book, I probably would’ve skipped ahead to find out WTF was going to happen, it was like that. Here’s a small breakdown of the book from Amazon:
On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle in the house and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. It doesn’t help that Nick hasn’t been completely honest with the police and, as Amy’s case drags out for weeks, more and more vilifying evidence appears against him. Nick, however, maintains his innocence.
I know, I know. It sounds like a 100 other books and stories but trust me, it’s not. It really is different. The story is told from the point of view of two people. I know that sometimes this can be annoying and confusing but this time around it wasn’t. It was very easy to follow. The best part was, that even though the book was written by one person, it really did feel like two different stories and points of view. I loved that. It didn’t feel forced. I felt like the author had 100% control over the tone of both parties.
The more I read the book, the more I realized this was 100% like something I would read. It had crime. It had mystery. It had enough “OMG” and “WTF” moments to keep me interested. And even though it had all the things I liked, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this before. Granted, I could think of numerous news stories that were probably researched and used, but as far as another book? I can’t think of one-off the top of my head.
“Gone Girl” is just over 400 pages long but it didn’t feel like it. At all. It was an easy and quick read. It wasn’t hard to get into, which can be a problem for me. If a book doesn’t grab me right away, I have a hard time sticking with it. Plus I think this is the first book I read based just off lists and seeing its title floating around online, besides “The Hunger Games.” I really don’t pay attention to “Best Seller” lists or crap like that, with books or movies. I like what I like, I don’t need a list to point me towards something. That’s why I don’t read reviews really (professional reviews). Obviously not everyone likes or enjoys the same stuff. Why let someone else turn you away from something just because they don’t like it? That’s silly. Alright, getting off track…
If you’re looking for a really great book that you can’t put down and drives you insane (in a good way) then you need to read this book. Like, stop what you’re doing and buy it. Now. I’m not kidding. Or borrow it from your local library. Or that friend that’s been telling you about it. Just find a way to check this book out. You won’t be disappointed.