Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn ~Goodreads~
Published by Phoenix / Orion Publishing Group 2013
Paperback 496 pages ~The Book Depository~
It is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary, presents are being wrapped and reservations made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife Amy disappears. All fingers are pointed to Nick who isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but diary entries by Amy reveal the alpha girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Nick is oddly evasive, bitter but is he really a killer?
First of all, a confession needs to be made on my behalf. This was the first crime thriller genre book that I’ve read. Sure other books I’ve read have had some aspect of crime in them, but never have I read this particular genre out of choice.
With everyone urging me to read this book, I decided that it wouldn’t do me any harm to try it and boy am I glad I did. I never thought I would say this, but I’ve always had the biased opinion of crime thriller books to just being about all the gore but no I was wrong, so wrong.
Gillian Flynn kept me guessing throughout the whole book as to whether Nick was the killer or not, its just so well written that you do feel that you shouldn’t put it down. Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger. It’s not just a mystery in my opinion, its got a good element of dry comedy in there and I think that’s what made it such an easy read for me, and it added to the spite between Amy and Nick.
There are a number of surprises that keep you hooked in this book, one after the other, it was fantastic. It makes you think are those you know are who they say they are? Do they act the way they do with pretty much everyone?
Amy was personally my favourite character. With the diary entries, Amy comes across as a scared, adoring woman who loves her husband unconditionally, but she also presents a sort of “feminist” figure who show the reader that a woman can be equally as smart as a man, if not smarter. It opened up my eyes to how people can have two personalities, it made me wonder who around me is like this. To describe Amy, I would say she’s just a villain you can’t help but love.
The book also captures insight into relationship values and how all couples are very unique and deal with situations differently. If anything it opens up your eyes to all goings on that happen day to day that you’re not aware of.
Overall a massive, WOW for Gillian Flynn for writing such a captivating novel. I’m most definitely going to read more from her, and even pick up some different crime thriller authors.