Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (affiliate link) is the first crime thriller I've ever read and I am very pleased to say I was not disappointed! I'm a little late to the party with this one since it is already come and gone in the cinema. But, It's not a movie I have seen so I was lucky enough to have the whole book as a complete surprise.
And a surprise it was! You cant guess what Flynn's next move is going to be. Every new piece of information throws the plot on it's head. She writes so convincingly, every detail has been so excruciatingly thought out, it's an incredible journey. You can tell she's done her homework because in the acknowledgements she thanks the police for answering the 43000 emails she sent with questions!
My favourite thing about the book is the how well developed the characters are. It's a strange thing because the characters are filled with flaws but you still find yourself empathizing with them. You get frustrated for them when things go awry, when things start going bad. However I suppose this is what makes them human and therefore relatable!
The book is split into alternating chapters between Amy who has disappeared and Nick her husband. At the end of every chapter there is the perfect cliffhanger. A line or two that makes the eyes widen and you rush into the next chapter. But you begin the next chapter and it follows a different character so you get reinvested with them to end with another cliffhanger! You really get pulled all the way through the book.
I would recommend Gone Girl (affiliate link) to anyone looking for some excitement. A good fiction book to make you think. I'm putting the film on my to watch list as well!
Now for the next book I'm taking a bit of a change of pace and reading The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey (affiliate link). I've heard about this book but not in great detail. The title is enough to draw me in though! This book was first published in 1989 and after reading the intro I can tell it is written by a scholar. It is written in very formal language compared to other self help related books I've read so it should be good!
If you've read either of these books please let me know what you think in the comments below!