Hello and happy Wednesday. Finally a book review. Yay! I told you I was going to get to it and I am recovering my reading pace. I think actually finishing Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn will help me get into easier, fluffier books because all my energies won’t be consumed in a single novel.
Yes, this is what my review is going to be about today, and before we start, I want to tell you that I wasn’t in the best place emotionally when I began reading this. I was suffering from depression and my anxiety was worst than it had been I think in forever, and reading this book didn’t help. Many of my thoughts, the ones that will make up this review, come from that emotional and mental state in which I was, so first and foremost I’d like to warn you that if you feel right now you’re in a vulnerable place in terms of your mental health, don’t pick up this book. I also want to say that my reviews have never been objective, but that especially in this case you try to understand how unfit this novel was for me at the time when I read it, and decide for yourself whether what I say here will influence your thoughts some how. Let’s get started, shall we?
Even from the first page, I could sense how raw this book was. I’m also not used to psychological thrillers or anything of the sort, so it took me a while to adjust to the style because it is very vivid and descriptive. I had recently read a review in which the person said they didn’t like reading about crappy marriages, and when reading Gone Girl, I couldn’t have agreed more. It actually had a vibe similar to This Is Where We Live by Janelle Brown, which has all the crappy marriage stuff without…you know.
I have to say that at first I thought that all of Nick and Amy’s politically incorrect/ unpopular opinions were quirky and sort of funny. Like, yes, we finally get main characters that aren’t about bs. Don’t worry, I quickly changed my mind. I do have to say that after reading this and watching some psychological thrillers, I do understand that the characters are so messed up that you end up empathizing with them at some points, and that makes you kind of messed up as well.
Unfortunately for me, because I joined this reading party a bit too late, I had already been contaminated by the movie. I haven’t watched it, and I never really watched the trailer either, but I think it was briefly on Netflix or something, and I got to see a clip of the trailer, and that spoiled it, basically. I kind of had an idea of what was going to happen, which meant the great plot twist wasn’t really that for me.
I’m noticing that this is not a big rant as I thought it would be, which is surprising. In terms of the author’s style, I have to say I really liked the alternating perspectives. I think in a story like this, it just adds so much to the story and has the readers even more hooked. I also love that there’s not really a true version of the facts, just two versions that both characters have twisted and turned to their convenience. Even when I was done reading this book, I talk to my sister about it. She’d watched the movie, so I wasn’t spoiling anything for her, but it was like even if we knew what went on, there were still things we didn’t know were real or lies. That’s how well-crafted the plot was.
Something that I think you need to keep in mind is that this book is on the longer side. I mean, it is definitely around 500 pages. You know that unfortunately for me that’s a bit discouraging, and it will make me take even longer. I did get slowly into the book and by the end I would just sit down for a couple of hours at a time and try to advance as much as I could. I couldn’t have possibly read it in one sitting, or spent an entire day reading because I felt it was too emotionally draining. My sister told me she actually had to do various sittings in order to watch the entire movie for the same reason.
There is a police novel kind of vibe to this story, which I don’t really mind. I mean, an investigation here and there is interesting for a change. But beyond that, this is a very twisted novel. I even described it in my notes as “horrible.” Like I said before, I had to take long pauses. I mean month-long pauses before I could feel emotionally strong enough to keep reading. If you are a mentally healthy person, I would still recommend pausing because this is a very negative book.
This novel has many trigger warnings including rape, as well as descriptions or assault and domestic violence. If reading this could be harmful to your emotional and mental well-being, don’t read this book. Just don’t. Even if some of the things described end up not being real, even if it’s all made up within the story, the descriptions are very graphic.
Something that bothered me towards the end, when I was really into this novel and eager to finish it, were the time jumps or however you call that in English. Like they skip ten days, then ten weeks, then ten months, and I felt like that made the ending rushed and sort of incomplete. The ending was also super unexpected and abrupt for me. I was expecting to be reading at least a couple more chapters when the end came. Like, seriously?
Have you read Gone Girl or any book similar to it that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.
Love, Miss Camila