Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

‘We will have a happy marriage if it kills him.’

Amy Dunne goes missing the night before a wedding anniversary to husband Nick. What has happened to Amy? All the evidence points to Nick, could he really have killed his perfect wife? Or is there more than meets the eye?

The novel has an interesting structure, and switches between the perspectives of Nick and Amy. Both are very unreliable narrators – and for good reason, they both have dark secrets. This structure keeps the story fast paced, but leaves the reader knowing only what Nick and Amy want you to believe. It takes a long time for everything to be revealed, and for the true characters to emerge. I found this the most intriguing part of Gone Girl, and enjoyed the twists and turns in the story. I enjoyed that the characters were complex, and flawed, but each in different ways.

Gone Girl is a novel about a toxic relationship, deception and murder. It isn’t a scary kind of thriller, it’s more about the relationships and the puzzles that are left behind by Amy’s disappearance. It was described on the cover as addictive, and I definitely found it to be a page turner. I already want to read more books by Gillian Flynn, and I’m hoping the library I work at as her other two books in stock – ‘Sharp Objects’ and ‘Dark Places’. I was pleased to read at the end of the novel that Flynn is currently turning Gone Girl into a screen play, I can see that it will translate well onto the big screen.

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