Gone Girl was my first official summer read this year. I've been meaning to read this one since my sister suggested it to me months ago. To be honest what really prompted me to tackle this one was the movie trailer (I mean Ben Affleck? Yes, please!). Okay enough chit chat let's get on to the review.
The plot: The story revolves around the turbulent marriage of 30 somethings Nick and Amy. Now, I know what you're thinking. A book about a couple that has lost their spark? *eye roll*. But this is no average marriage story as the book starts with Nick discovering that is Amy missing and evidence of a struggle in their living room. The questions that remains is what happened to Amy?
The opinion: Overall did I like this book? Yes. I have quite the love/ hate relationship with mystery novels but I can testify that this is one of the better ones. I'm going to be real with you though. The beginning of this book was EXTREMELY slow. I have this rule with books that I will give at least 100 pages before I give up and move on. When I hit the 100 page mark of Gone Girl I almost threw in the towel. The beginning isn't bad just boring and you feel as if you know immediately what happened to Amy. Around the middle of the book is when it all changes for the better and becomes an exciting and quite thrilling read. I will say that the boring and predicable beginning made the plot changes in the middle more surprising and shocking. One of my favorite things about this books is the structure as it goes from the voice of Amy to the voice of Nick chapter by chapter. In my opinion this is one of my favorite strategies an author can use to let us in the head of multiple characters.
The bottom line: Read it. You might have to push through the first half like I did but I can promise you it's worth it.