Gone Girl, what a book. Ok, ok, I know I’m late to the party, everyone read it a couple of years ago. Maybe I should start a late-to-the-party book club for people who are constantly behind in their reading. Wanna join? I still haven’t read Harry Potter and everyone tells me I should have read that years ago.
Back to Gone Girl, a story of husband and wife and the twisted relationship two human beings can have. How relationships develop, how they fall apart, how people hurt each other and the lies we can sometimes tell ourselves and each other. Sounds grim, doesn’t it? Well, maybe, but it makes for a compelling read. There were some incredibly tense moments that found me getting to bed early to read more and even led me to read on my lunch hour, something I never do.
The story and the twists and turns reminds me of two other books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Angels and Demons. The first one more, the stories have similarities, but both of them because the stories constantly evolve with every page that it makes you addicted to find out more. That’s the feeling I want from a book and that’s the type of story I enjoy reading the most.
So I loved the book, in case you hadn’t gathered! I’m not sure about the ending, I need to think on that some more but it did fit with the story and didn’t seem out of place.
What about the film? I’d heard a mixed bunch of reviews but I’ve got to say I really enjoyed it. I love David Fincher’s work and this didn’t disappoint. It felt very close to the book and did ‘justice’ to the story. It’s not the happiest of films, but it was never going to be. We ended up watching it on Valentine’s Day, weirdly; probably one of the least romantic films you could watch!
Have you read it? Seen the film? What did you think? Film vs. book? I’d always go with book as it lets my imagination decide how people and settings look. Be good to hear some other thoughts on it…