Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a dark, psychological thriller at its best. Nick and Amy Dunne have moved from their comfortable life in New York City to Nick's hometown in Missouri to care for his ailing parents. After both having lost their jobs in New York, it seemed like the right thing to do.

As the story unfolds, we see a once happy marriage turn into the exact opposite. The day of their fifth anniversary, Nick wakes up to find Amy in a good mood and making him breakfast. By the end of the day, she is missing and he is the prime suspect.

In the first part of the novel, the reader is unaware if Nick is guilty. It's obvious he is hiding things. As the novel progresses, we see that both Nick and Amy were leading double lives. At this point, the novel takes a dark and sadistic turn.
As a reader, I wasn't prepared for the twists and turns in the second half of the novel. I found myself hating Nick, feeling sorry for Nick, hating Amy, rooting for Amy, and in the end...well, I'll leave that for you to decide.

This is a must-read. It will definitely leave you shaking your head in amazement.
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  1. I just completed reading the book and feel myself still trapped in the minds of Amy And Nick (the protagonists). Absolutely brilliant narration by the author and I feel relieved and sorry at the same time that I finished reading it. This novel just took me on a whirlwind of emotion and of absolute addiction and I could not simply put the book down till I completed it.
    It's truly something which you would beg other people to read so that you can just discuss and do your own postmortem of the cleverly woven plots.
    I don't want to give away the plot here as I want every reader to exprience that insanity when you read this book.
    Kudos to Gillian Flynn for such a masterpiece.

  2. Quite simply, this is one of the best novels of the year. It's a thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and layered with brilliantly written characters; it's the kind of book that's nearly impossible to put down. The surprises and twists keep the reader guessing up until the final page, and my first thought upon finishing the novel was that I wanted to read it a second time.