July reading + gone girl review

I finally finished gone girl! And wow, it was crazy. It took a very long time (more than 200(!) pages) for it to finally get interesting, which in my opinion, is way too long. You'll lose a lot of readers that way. WhileI was reading, I accidentally read a spoiler so I kind of knew what was going to happen. I thought it ruined the ending, but turns out it was only a small part of the overall plot.

The book synopsis is:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

 

Each chapter switches between Nick and Amy's point of view; Nick after his wife has disappeared, and Amy's diary entries from when they first met up until the day she's gone. And every time you read a point of view, you switch sides. When I first started reading, I thought Nick was a jerk, but as I kept reading I saw that Amy wasn't quite innocent either. You keep thinking you'll pick a side but it gets crazier and crazier. It's definitely a thrilling read about psychopathy. Every page is a roller coaster of emotions; betrayal, manipulation, and all expectations thrown back at you to reveal something wild on the other side. 

Overall, I do enjoy mystery novels, so it was a good read. I'd still say I prefer James Patterson, just because it took almost 250 pages to finally get interesting, and it's hard to stick with a book for that long.

Lastly, there were some graphic/vulgar scenes and a good amount of swear words, not a big fan of that either, as I don't find it necessary. I understand the need for a bad word here and there to get a point across, but overdoing it -in my opinion- waters down the effect.

I think for July I'll read Present over Perfect.

Have you read gone girl? Share your thoughts!

Fatima Seyma