Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Rating: 5 Stars
As usual I’m trying not to spoil anything, but OMIGOSH I loved this book so much! I must admit it’s been sat on my shelf for a while, but when I finally got around to reading it I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t done so sooner!
Gone Girl is a psychological mystery set in Missouri, and follows Nick Dunne in conjunction with the disappearance of his wife Amy. As the the plot unfolds, we discover that Amy isn’t as ‘amazing’ as she supposedly should live up to, and Nick isn’t as innocent as we originally believe.
The disappearance soon turns into a murder mystery, but it then unfolds that there is a deeper, darker secret unfolding, and that the perfect, innocent, sought after Amy has an unexpected reputation, and Nick is in more danger than he realises. Nick works with his sister to get to the bottom of the mystery of his wife, whilst trying to fight off the constant persistence and framing of the press.
Throughout the book we switch between Nick and Amy, with flashbacks of the past which builds up the context and the past of their relationship. As soon as Nick realises that something is amiss, he follows a long and cleverly constructed trail of clues, making his own little visits along the way to people of the past, to string together how and why his wife disappeared.
When Nick discovers the truth, he realises that he needs to play the same game.
For me, Gone Girl was not only a story of mystery but also a story of two people who are finding it difficult to make their relationship work out. Neither person was totally themselves and as a result their relationship never reached a stage of mutual trust. As a result Nick became paranoid and fed up, and Amy became bitter and vengeful. It told a tale of lies behind words, and hidden meanings.
I really could not put this book down. The twist really caught me off guard and I couldn’t stop reading it until I’d discovered exactly what was going on. The sheer realism and truth in the minds and lives of the characters, especially the feelings expressed by the protagonists made this a truly enjoyable read for me.
Have you read Gone Girl or anything similar? What were your thoughts?