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This book has gone straight onto my list of favourites!
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
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Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Date: 03/09/13, updated on 03/09/13 (43 review reads)
Advantages: Exciting and thrilling. Unbelievable twists. Impossible to put down. Shocking.
'She was gone, and yet she was more present than anyone else. I'd fallen in love with Amy because I was the ultimate Nick with her. Loving her made me superhuman, it made me feel alive.'
On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne comes home to discover the front door open, the living room in disarray, and his wife missing.
Nick appears exceptionally calm given the circumstances, and the police start to suspect him. Evidence against Nick keeps appearing, Amy Dunne's friends reveal that she was afraid of her husband and kept secrets from him. So what happened to Nick's beloved wife?
Let me just start by saying that I have never read a book like this before. As the story progressed I found it increasingly difficult to put this down, and when I did, I couldn't stop thinking about it until I picked it up again. I still can't stop thinking about it, even though I've finished it.
The story opens through the eyes of Nick on the day of his wife's disappearance. The narration of Nick was one of my favourite aspects of this book. I've never read a book where you actually start to suspect the narrator, since usually you see all of their innermost thoughts, so if they committed the crime you'd know. The interesting thing about Nick's narration is that he holds back from the reader. As you read further into the book, the secrets that Nick is holding back come out. I really enjoyed the concept of not really knowing Nick, despite seeing from his point of view. It created a real air of mystery around him and made for a really interesting read.
The story alternates between Nick's first person narration in the present, and Amy's diary entries in the past. The diary entries lead up to the day of her disappearance, and it's interesting to see the conflicting recollection of events between her side and Nick's side of the story. Nick often reflects on his past with Amy, and quite often Amy's side of events are so different from Nick's, that you're left wondering who you should believe. This conflict in stories made the book even more interesting, and made me want to keep reading to discover the truth.
One of the main themes of this book is the decline of Nick and Amy's marriage partly due to them both losing their jobs. I think this is very interesting, especially as we're currently in a recession. It really hits home how a recession can cause strain between a couple, as it becomes increasingly more difficult to stay afloat.
I have to say, this book is amazing. The twists were shocking and unpredictable. No detail is left out, the story is incredibly well thought out and it had me up all night with the book firmly gripped in my hands. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an exciting and thrilling read that will keep you on your toes.
Gillian Flynn is an American author who has written three novels; Dark Places, Sharp Objects and Gone Girl. She has the ability to create an exciting novel with a complex plot and I'm a big fan after reading just one of her books. I'll be on the lookout for her other novels to read.
ISBN13 for this Edition - 9780753827666
ASIN for Kindle Edition - B007ZXK08C
Amazon prices: £3.75 Paperback
£2.99 Kindle Edition
Summary: A definite must-read!