Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Nick and Amy Dunne have relocated to North Carthage, Missouri after they both lost their jobs in New York. Using their last chance to start over, Nick took the money left in Amy’s trust and bought a bar, which he manages with his twin sister Margo. Nick and Amy have been having some problems, but Nick is certain that, with their move, things will get better between the two of them. But when Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary and there are signs of foul play, Nick is baffled, especially when the police start looking at him as the prime suspect.
Gone Girl is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that will have readers tearing through the pages, eager to discover the next twist that Flynn has in store for them. The suspense level in the novel is incredible; somehow, Flynn keeps it ratcheted up, and each crazy twist and turn only increases it. This is a book you should plan on reading in one sitting, as there’s no way you’ll be able to put it down once it starts going.
Nick is the narrator of Gone Girl, but from the beginning, it’s clear that he’s completely unreliable. He constantly lies, omits information, and often colors the truth to make himself look better. He’s also difficult to like; he’s selfish and immature, and he thinks much too highly of himself. As a result, the reader is inclined to neither like nor trust him, so it’s easy to suspect him of Amy’s disappearance. Nick only tells the reader what he wants them to know, so it’s completely possible he had a hand in it. This mystery fuels much of the book – the “did he or didn’t he” nature makes for a great puzzle.
Flynn manipulates the storyline of Gone Girl by releasing tidbits of information at the most opportune time, when the shock value is at its highest. The plot is absolutely mindblowing; while the book has many twists, there is one huge one that will simply leave the reader aghast. This isn’t just a read, it’s something the reader experiences from beginning to end.
It’s difficult to review Gone Girl without giving away key pieces of information, and as the book is best experienced if the reader knows as little as possible, I’ll end my review here. All you need to know is that this book is simply amazing. I am flabbergasted by Flynn’s talent and her ability to write an intense psychological thriller. After reading Gone Girl, you can be sure I’m going back and reading her previous novels while I eagerly anticipate her next book.