Gone Girl: A Book Review

photo courtesy of the New York Times

photo courtesy of the New York Times

I’m going to be blatantly honest with you – Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is a total “mind fuck.” If you are looking for the next it book, then head to your local library or book store to pick up a copy of this book that was declared a “pure but nasty addiction” by the Chicago Tribune.

At first glance, the reader can automatically see that Nick and Amy Dune’s marriage has reached the dreaded five year itch. Amy wins over the reader immediately through her journal entries while Nick’s distant and unemotional reaction to his wife’s disappearance draws a fine line, helping you to identify who the protagonist and antagonist are in the novel, or so you think.

As the mystery behind Amy’s disappearance unravels, Nick, is pegged as the number one murder suspect by the police. Nick accuses the police and media of automatically assuming that he is the prime suspect thanks to predictable cop TV shows. Although he tries to brush their accusations away, incriminating evidence continues to pop up everywhere Nick turns causing the reader to stay on edge as to whether or not Nick really did commit the crime.

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, but I will tell you nothing is what it seems between the Dunne couple. Both Amy and Nick have been hiding secrets from one another since they first met – the question that remains unanswered is how the investigation will affect the lives of a once happy couple. Every choice they make as individuals and as a couple comes with a consequence that can’t go unanswered. I highly recommend you take the journey alongside Nick to discover how and why Amy Dune disappeared on the morning of their fifth year anniversary.

Gone Girl is a psychological thriller that will keep you awake at night- you won’t be able to stop thinking about what the next clue is going to reveal and how a relationship can start off so well and end so tragically. When The Hollywood Reporter asked about the book, author Jillian Flynn stated that her previous characters as being “lonely and alienated,” which is why she decided to write about “two people who knew each other so well and were in each other’s heads all the time, for good and often bad.”

photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

Reese Witherspoon, a fan of Flynn’s Gone Girl is set to produce the novel’s film adaption after falling in love with the page turner – Witherspoon read the book’s manuscript before it was even published and told the source that she was impressed with Flynn’s ability to juxtapose female and male voice in a nonlinear sort of way.

If you’ve read the book, I’d love to hear your reaction to the story? If you haven’t read it yet, but decide to pick it up, send a comment my way so we can discuss this intoxicating novel more in depth…


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