So an obvious choice, and if you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years and aren’t away of this literature and film craze shame on you. It’s still one of my favourites and is still one I go back to over and over again.
It’s hard to talk about Gone Girl without giving too much away, as there a few major plot twists that come out of no where to shock the reader. This is why it has become so popular and such a huge success. Ben Affleck started in the 2014 film, and it was a very true to the book, although I think the biggest twist is still better in the book.
The narrative follows Nick search and the police investigation following the disappearance of Amy on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. This alternates with every other chapter being told from Amy’s point of view through her diary entries of her life with Nick, from the day they met, as well her thoughts of men and women.
I’m a huge fan of plot twists like in films Fight Club, Se7en and Momento (no spoilers here, don’t worry) so when I heard Gone Girl had a great one I was sceptical at how good was it going to be and was I going to figure it out. I did not and didn’t have it spoilt for me so it was complete shock! You flip flop between who you like loathe and who you sympathise with and keep guessing right until the climax.
Critics of the book has said they disliked both Amy and Nick as they are unlikeable characters. Flynn has said in interviews that you are not meant to like Nick or Amy, and both characters have terrible qualities about themselves, but this make it interesting to learn about them. (So if at first you don’t like them, don’t worry your not meant to, but they are so fun to read about). Also many felt the ending was unsatisfying, but then this is dealt with in the film if you need better closure.
My final thoughts are that I love discussing this book with people who have read it because reading it as a man and as a women is a totally different experience, which is not covered in the film. It really goes in to depth about men and women’s relationships with each other and what to expect when going into marriage.
Again another biggie that you shouldn’t have missed but if you have check it out.
This was JK Rowling’s secret book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, which had publishers who had declined her kicking themselves when it was revealed to be her. The second in the series Silkworm came out few year later, and I sadly thought it was a disappointing and dull. (So give the first one a read and maybe skip the second, review to come on the third one)
Cuckoo’s Calling follows the investigation to the famous supermodel, Lula Landrys death (a Kendel Jenner/Cara Delevigne-esq character). Convinced her sucide was murder, her adopted from John hires ex-army turn private detective, Command Strike to investigate.
Strike’s backstory, as the illegitimate son of a 70s rock legend, his beautiful but deadly ex-fiancee and his troubles in Afghanistan, make him a rich and detailed protagonist which make you compelled to follow.
The case its self deals with issues of celebrity, and ask the question who was the real Lula Landry who died that night? Was she a selfish spoilt party girl, a depressed suicidal druggy, a loving daughter and sister, a girl struggling with her identity.
We meet many rich and influential friends, her druggy musician boyfriend, fashion designer best friend, bereaved brother who all tell different stories who the real Lula was and what really happened. But who is telling the truth?
The book has a great set of characters, who are rich in detail and really interested (even if you don’t like them.) I really enjoyed the idea and themes of fame, and the ‘relationship’ the public they feel they have with celebrities based on unreliable media account. Every character has a piece of the puzzle and no character is irrelevant.
This is probably is big one, is the end reveal. I can’t go into it without giving away spoilers, but the reason why things were done seemed a bit mundane when compared with everything else. That being said it is still very enjoyable and I’ve re-read it a few times.
Both these are available at Waterstones and if you’ve read any of them and loved them/hated them, let me know in the comments below.