Gillian Flynn is now a very famous author for her thriller books. I first read “Sharp Objects,” which we also reviewed here and it impressed me more than the “Gone Girl.” Sorry not sorry, I must begin saying that the rumours as this book is not as good as wanted are true.
So many secrets in a toxic marriage
Amy Dunn disappears on the day of her marriage anniversary, and all her family is going crazy. Especially her husband, Nick, who discovers through some diary-letters the sadness which lasted all this time between him and Amy.
The book itself is a continuous series of charges for Nick of killing, kidnapping or hiding his wife. But all in all, one thing was for sure: their marriage was a disaster, a cold relationship hidden behind a curtain of wellbeing.
The first part of the book describes the investigation into Amy’s disappearance, an inquiry which will reveal Nick’s dirty secrets, which explain somehow the melancholy between them two.
The second part becomes much more interesting, as the writing style is more dynamic and Gillian Flynn reveals sides of the characters that are really interesting, wicked and entertaining. So my interest increased in the last 50 pages.
Why I so disliked Amy’s character
The novel is exciting, in my opinion, a promising crime-investigation, easy to read and compelling sometimes. But Amy’s character is disturbing, as she seems to be a perfect wife, in a feministic way. More than that, her parents had written a famous children book during her life, called “Adventures of Amazing Amy.” Maybe she suffered a lot, but I think the book is crucifying too much Nick’s character.
All in all, the book hasn’t the sparkle I was expecting. But you could start reading “Gone Girl,” before “Sharp Objects,” to keep the best to the final.
Have you seen the movie? Is it better than the book?