This is the first time for me to have ever read anything by Gillian Flynn, but after finishing the book I can guarantee you it will not be the last! Gone Girl is one of the most intense and frightening books I have ever had the pleasure of reading; it is definitely a psychological suspense thriller that will leave you guessing until the end.
Flynn is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dark Places, which was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend Today Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009 and a Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. Her first novel, Sharp Objects, was an Edgar nominee for Best First Novel, a BookSense pick and a Barnes and Noble Discover selection. Gone Girl has been on the USA TODAY best-selling books list for 24 weeks now and has received a lot of praise. The awards and nominations speak for themselves; Flynn knows how to keep the readers interested.
Gone Girl starts off by introducing the readers to main character Nick Dunne; it is the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary. After a surprising breakfast with his wife, Amy Dunne, Nick heads to work and is prepared for his usual treasure hunt that his wife plans every year on their anniversary. Things suddenly change when Nick receives a call from his nosy neighbor saying that the door to their house is wide open and their cat is out. Nick heads home to see what happened and as soon as he walks in he knows something is wrong. The living room looks like a fight broke out and Amy is nowhere to be found. Flash forward a couple days and Amy is still missing and Nick suddenly transforms from the upset husband to the possible murder suspect.
Nick slowly sees everyone he thought would be on his side turn against him as incriminating evidence starts showing up everywhere. With the help of his twin sister, Go, Nick starts putting together pieces and suddenly starts to consider if he is being framed for the possible murder of his wife.
Throughout the story the narration shifts between Nick and Amy and we learn about Amy through her diary entries, dating back seven years to when Nick and Amy first met. From reading her diary you can’t help but find yourself relating to Amy on some scale. You think Amy is a great person that just wants to be happy and make her husband happy. In Amy’s diary we see Nick and Amy’s life unfold and we see the ups and the downs and we soon start to see Amy paint out this picture of Nick being the bad guy, but you can’t help but wonder if all this is true or if this is just what Amy wanted the readers to think.
This story is the epitome of the phrase “hell hath no fury like a lover scorned.” Flynn’s writing is absolutely incredible; the amount of twists and turns throughout the book are hard to keep up with. You will find yourself thinking “ok I have this figured out” and then bam another twist hits you like a ton of bricks and you are left questioning how this book is going to play out. Gone Girl is a book of love, hate, betrayal and finding out what lengths you will go to in order to unveil the truth. Flynn holds nothing back with this book and we see these characters at their worst and how manipulative people can be.
I found myself at times being very scared to wonder if there are really people out there that have the mindset like some of the characters and a little nervous to see how it would all end, but I had to get to the bottom of it and figure out what really happened. After finishing this book it’s easy to say that Flynn takes psychotic and manipulation to a whole new level.
Overall Gone Girl was a very interesting book and I will definitely be reading more by Gillian Flynn in the future.
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