‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

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[E-book. First published 2012]

 

This is one of the most exciting and cleverly-written books I have read this year. Nick and Amy lose their jobs in New York and decide to return to Nick’s hometown in small-town America to care for his ailing parents. On their wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing and all the clues lead to Nick being behind her disappearance and possible violent attack, but did he actually do it?

 

The narrative switches between Nick and Amy’s perspectives, making readers form their own opinions as they go.

 

‘Gone Girl’ is shattering. My advice is that, if you are about to get married, rather delay reading this book until you are happily established. It is terrifying; revealing true issues in (rather scarily) a very identifiable way. I found myself flinching at some familiar thoughts I would rather not have related to during the course of the novel, but that is half of its genius.

 

More than anything, it is an astute novel about degeneration – those elements of our daily lives that destroy things we once considered paramount. It questions our fidelities, the reasons for our choices, and often left me cold at the outcome in Nick and Amy’s lives. It is also an examination of the role of the media in modern justice.

 

‘Gone Girl’ makes for ideal holiday reading with a good pace and tremors of shock that reverberate throughout the novel. I found it so utterly devastating that I couldn’t read for a few days after finishing it.

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