What I'm reading: Gone Girl

June 18, 2014

I've seen Gone Girl many times on Barnes and Noble's featured list before but the one thing that persuaded me to finally pick this up was Ben Affleck. Haha!

This was on one of the lists of most-awaited movie adaptations of books, which I found on Facebook and already forgot so I can't give you the link. When I watched the trailer (starring Ben Affleck), I was sold and hurriedly purchased this book online, with a 20% off coupon I might add.

Well, patience unfortunately is not one of my virtues so before the book arrived, I kind of already knew what the ending would be. I like spoilers, by the way. But even if I already knew what would happen, the book was not boring at all.

Each chapter of the book focuses on either Nick or Amy's point of view. In a nutshell, Amy goes missing during their fifth anniversary and everyday, pieces of evidence incriminating Nick in his wife's disappearance surface. Their marriage was falling apart, wife goes missing, and the husband is suspected of murder.

What's quite interesting is that, from my experience reading it, I sympathized with Amy from the get-go. I was able to relate to some of her thoughts and fears. But then as the story progressed, I found myself questioning if it was right or even just OK for me to have had that connection with her. Reading it was a seesaw of emotions as it showed both the man and the woman's point of view in a dying marriage. It gave me a sense of perspective of how men think, in general.

The book is well-written and compelling. I didn't like the ending but that article on Facebook said that the ending in the movie is going to be way different from the book so that is something to look forward to!

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