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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

DSC07507Does Gone Girl live up to the hype? To a certain extent, yes. I don’t usually read thrillers, but this is a well-written mystery novel.

The Plot

On a cloudless summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, Nick Dunne and his wife Amy are preparing for their fifth wedding anniversary. When Nick comes home from work, Amy has suddenly vanished. As the police investigation widens, Nick becomes a suspect. Nick swears that he would never hurt his wife, and he realises there is so much he doesn’t know about Amy. Yet the question still looms: what has happened to Amy?

My review

Gone Girl is a compelling read and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. I don’t want to give too much away without spoiling the plot. What I can say is that it’s smart to have two unreliable narrators in alternating chapters. The tagline of this book is: ‘There are two sides to every story’, and you definitely feel conflicting emotions towards both Nick and Amy.

This novel poses the question: how well do you know your spouse? It also feels like Gillian Flynn asks the reader: how well do you know the book’s characters? This is because some of the characters’ actions don’t seem to match their thoughts. You, as the reader, think you have gauged the characters personalities and motives; and yet these same characters later appear out of character.

The main message I got from this novel is to just be yourself. I know that sounds like a cliché, but if you read the book, hopefully it will make sense. Although this is a mystery/thriller novel, there are some welcome light moments of humour which made me smile. The only thing which I found slightly disappointing about this book is the ending.

Final thoughts

Gone Girl is a great novel, full of suspense and plot twists. This is a sharp, witty and unpredictable book by Gillian Flynn. It’s also a dark, interesting look on marriage. The ending wasn’t to my liking, but overall I enjoyed reading it.

My rating: ★★★★☆

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