Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Who reading this has heard of the novel and/or movie Gone Girl? A better question is probably who has not. This bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn has swept the world these past few years and I’ve decided to do a quick review for y’all. Now I was a little late reading this book, mainly because of my lack of free time during the school year, but this summer I made time for it. I received a glowing recommendation from my mother, an avid reader, claiming this is the best book she has read in years. For those of you who have read this book, I hope you appreciate my opinion and share yours as well. If you have not read this novel, I hope my review will catch your attention and you’ll consider checking it out.

This book is written from the point of view of the two main characters Amy and Nick. They are both describing their marriage, Nick in the present, and Amy through past journal entries. From the beginning it is easy to see that there are problems in their marriage but there is a huge difference in the way these problems are explained by each party. Amy’s journal entries describe what started off as an incredibly happy couple. As time goes on it seems that Nick has lost all interest in their marriage and Amy is doing all she can to keep him happy. According to Nick’s present day descriptions, it seems that Nick is baffled by the person Amy has turned into. She is described as incredibly unfriendly, cold, and distant.

Amy and Nick are both writers and both lose their jobs due to the increase in internet media and the lack of jobs for newspaper and magazine  authors. After this, they both move back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri, a town that is going bankrupt, in part to care for Nick’s sick mother. On their 5th wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. An investigation is launched into her disappearance, and over time Nick is found to be the prime suspect. Evidence builds against Nick. Amy’s journal entries change to present day descriptions and we learn more and more about her and we realize maybe she isn’t the person we had believed her to be. Near the end of the book all the pieces begin to fall into place and we learn the truth.

This book is full of themes depicting lies, deceit, manipulation, and revenge all driven by childhood issues and dissatisfaction. Over all I found this to be a compelling and exciting mystery novel. Please share your comments and opinions on this book, I would love to hear from you. Who do you think was crazier, Amy or Nick? Who is responsible for this? Do you think Amy’s parents played a role in her behaviour?

If anyone is interested in how the author, Gillian Flynn, was able to come up with a story like this one, click here.

I’ve also read Dark Places, by the same author.  I recommend this as well. It is a short read but as a discloser, it is much darker than Gone Girl.

Thank you all for reading and I look forward to your comments. Have a wonderful day.

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