Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is one of those novels I feel everyone has read or at least heard of. I bought this book on a whim last time I went book shopping, because I was so curious about what all the hype is about, even though I’m slightly delayed. In my opinion there are two types of popular books: The ones that’s popular with book bloggers and the ones that’s so popular that people who never read suddenly reads it, and then never read anything after that (i.e Fifty Shades of Grey, which I still refuse to read). Gone Girl, I’m happy to say is one of the former.
This story starts off with Amy who disappears on her and Nick’s fifth wedding anniversary. Nick and Amy has a difficult marriage due to many reasons: Nick lost his job and decides to move from New York to Missouri where he opens up a bar with his twin sister, funded by Amy. Amy herself also looses her job and in some way resents Nick for the financial situation they are in, as well as uprooting her from New York. In the first part of the book, the story are being narrated by Nick and Amy’s diaries, however in the second part of the book the reader learns why Amy despises her husband so much.
From the “crime scene” it would appear that Amy was hurt or killed. Who would kill Amy and why? Is she still alive? Amy seems to be the perfect affectionate wife (according to her diaries) and Nick’s behaviour during the investigation is everything but that of a worried husband. In her diaries, Amy says she is afraid of Nick and in turn Nick lies to the police. Did Nick kill Amy?
Sounds like a good plot for a thriller, right? I loved it! Gone Girl, is an great psychological thriller and I now understand what all the hype was about. It was fast paced, twisted and thrilling. The best part of the book is the ending, something that most people who has read it, did not expect. When I got to the end, I was like “OMGee, that is so twisted!”. For the benefit of those who is yet to read it, I won’t say who the psycho is. However, I must admit that I loved and hated the end, both at the same time. My reasons for loving it outweigh how much I didn’t like it, so great ending to a great thriller.
PS: There’s a lot of swearing in this book! Even thought I don’t normally like it, it adds to the personality and character of Amy, Nick etc so try and look past that if you are still going to read it.