Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Despite all the good reviews I'm still never convinced that a book is great until I get to the very end, and this book was the same. I kept changing my mind. I like that it's written from different perspectives, from Nick's perspective and from his wife, Amy's diary. Amy goes missing and then it's the classic "everyone blame the husband" situation. I don't think I really got the message of the book at first, I found a lot of bits in it sexist towards women! As I carried on with it though I realised Flynn was making a point. A really fucking great point. She gives a name to the non-existing "cool girl" that every girl pretends to be to get the guy. She points out the pressures on women in marriage - how women are called "nags" and a man is "whipped" if he does nice things for her. So aside from the gripping storyline there are strong feminist themes running through this and I really recommend you read it, even just to understand this.
The actual storyline is also brilliant, but without the feminist theme it'd be 'just another thriller' I think. I usually prefer thrillers that are pretty gruesome and scary and this one definitely isn't, it's much deeper than that. A lot of people didn't like the end but I did, it left me with a lot to think about and the book stayed with me. Everyone responds differently to what they read and I'm sure many will have a totally different opinion to me. I think this is an important book, and poignant and points out societal errors that we don't always notice.
Let me know if you've read this book or not, and what you think of it. I don't really buy into hyped up products, not even books, but this book really deserves the hype surrounding it. I can't wait for the film!