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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

December 23, 2015

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

A dark, psychological thriller, Gone Girl is a brilliant read about a marriage that has become a warzone. Amy and Nick are a beautiful couple, once madly in love, but things have not been going well for them recently. They are writers that have been left jobless by the recession and they have moved from New York to Nick’s hometown of Missouri, despite Amy’s protests. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing from their home. There is evidence of a struggle and blood traces are found in the kitchen. Nick quickly becomes the main suspect as the media pressure builds and the police discover that Amy has been frightened of her husband for some time – but is he guilty of foul play?

 

The story is told in alternating chapters from Nick’s viewpoint and from Amy’s diary.  Never has marriage looked more menacing and in this ingeniously plotted novel, never have narrators been more unreliable. Gone Girl will keep you completely hooked until the end, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The voices in the novel are engaging, as both Nick and Amy desperately want you to like them – but it’s not giving too much away to say that one of them is a complete psychopath. This novel is a masterpiece.

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