Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published by Phoenix on May 24, 2012
Genres: Psychological Thriller
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What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?
Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war...
Wow, what a page turner!
Gone Girl is packed with twists and turns. It’s not your average romance story. The relationship is secondary to the mystery of Amy’s inexplicable disappearance and her husband Nick being a suspect.
Nick won me over right from the start. I’ll grant he was a self-centred jerk and far from a dream husband, but he had an appeal hard to overlook. Amy’s absence made connecting to her difficult in the beginning. I slowly warmed to Amy as revelations slowly unraveled details about her and their relationship.
The secondary characters I found a lot more enticing than Amy, whether they were supporting the investigation or Nick to cope with everything going on around him. Family had influenced Nick’s need to return to the small town he lived in to support his sister looking after their father who had moved into a nursing home. Amy’s disappearance brought her parents to town in hope they could assist with her recovery. Unfortunately for Nick, they were academics who were one station away from crazy town.
To get the most out of Gone Girl, it’s best to avoid spoilers and go in blind. I talked to someone who had watched the movie, and the film is true to the book. The book obviously goes into more depth than the movie. I doubt having read the ending if I would enjoy watching the film as much as I did reading the book.
I can highly recommend reading Gone Girl for readers who enjoy psychological thrillers. It’s obvious why it is a benchmark for other books of a similar vein and it’s popularity among book clubs. There are numerous interesting discussion points within the story. Nothing was as it appeared. As predicted, I was busting to talk about Gone Girl as soon as I finished. The plot, while somewhat predictable still threw me on several occasions. And that ending, boy did it leave me speechless…
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