By Tsholofelo Lephuthing
This year has probably been the busiest year since beginning my tertiary academic career in 2013. However in the midst of all this, I still managed to somehow squeeze in some side table/bed side reading. I must say, there is nothing like a good book to cuddle with after a long day. I enjoy reading quite a wide range of books and this year I picked three books written by Gillian Flynn and I should say they left me rather flabbergasted and I still don’t know how I feel about these books. All three are great for the most part and awkward and difficult to read for the remaining parts. Regardless of this, I soldiered on and I read all three and what an experience I would recommend you all partake in.
This article will be part of a three post feature and review of all three books.
Let me first begin with the first one, Gone Girl. Now many of you have probably heard about the blockbuster Gone Girl which starred Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Yes, before it became a huge film, Gone Girl was indeed a book. A psychological thriller that left people questioning the people they live with or the people in their lives. Having not watched the film before, reading this book was quite the interesting journey.
This book has been described as a “dazzlingly dark, searingly intelligent thriller” and I would not have chosen any better words than that to describe the book. The lead male character finds out on their 5th wedding anniversary that his wife has disappeared. He then proceeds to contact the police after discovering their front door open and books and the coffee table shattered. Now the male character, whose name is Nick, response to the ordeal is rather alarming and intriguing. Whilst speaking to the police, Nick keeps referring to his wife in the past tense which intrigues the police and the community at large as well as the reader.
The way in which this book is written, is something I haven’t read before. The book keeps switching from the POV of Nick and the diary which the wife Amy kept throughout the duration of their marriage. The book is a series of twists and turns and moments which the reader would not have foreseen happening. This is largely because of the unreliability of the narrators (Amy and Nick). What they say may not necessarily always be the truth or the most accurate representation of the truth. The ending is also not quite the ending the reader may have hoped for but it does pose a morally ambiguous question that makes the reader think.
If you really want to venture outside of your usual genre, then I would recommend Gone Girl as a step towards that direction.
Keep an eye out for the next post about the second book I read by Gillian Flynn called Dark Places. This one was not as easy reading as Gone Girl and was in some parts quite difficult to read but was once again an enjoyable book that did not take me long to complete.