Book Review: Gone Girl

“The question I’ve asked more often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions storm cloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?”

Written by Gillian Flynn and published in 2012, Gone Girl is a New York Times Best Seller that centres on the seemingly happy married couple, Nick and Amy Dunne. But when Amy mysteriously disappears, the truth of their marriage slowly unravels. Realising that everything wasn’t as perfect as it seemed, the spotlight of Amy’s disappearance soon turns on to Nick, as he becomes the focus of an intense media circus.

But is Nick a man capable of killing his wife? Was their marriage really that bad? Or is the truth far from the whole story?

The following post is a review of the book only. You can read my review of the film adaptation in comparison to the book here.

An intense mystery thriller, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is a book that you definitely won’t want to put down. Every twist poses a new question, and with a somewhat psychotic conclusion that you wouldn’t even consider an option, this book will have your brain ticking at full pace until you reach the very end.

It’s this intense and never-ending suspense, as well as the idea of never knowing the whole story, that makes Gone Girl such a gripping read. But not only is it a fantastic thriller, it’s also an excellent exploration of relationships.

Introduced to the readers as your average husband and wife, Nick and Amy are a couple that you quickly warm to. But there’s always a side to a couple that you don’t see. Gone Girl lets you in to see how a couple may seem happy and loved-up from the outside, but how this happiness can easily be blurred.

Interchanging every other chapter between the present, as Nick details his efforts searching for his missing wife, with Amy’s past accounts through her diary entries, we also get to see the difference between how men and women think and analyse certain situations.

One minute everything appears to be normal with Nick as the bad guy, but the next minute you see everything through a completely different light. This struggle continues through the whole novel, constantly changing your opinions of these characters and, therefore, putting the blame on a number of people, as you try to figure out the truth of this mystery for yourself.

I haven’t been able to read a novel without thinking of Nick and Amy since; I could very easily read this novel over and over again.

Gone Girl was adapted onto the big screen in 2014, directed by David Fincher, which you can read my Book vs. Film Review for here, and watch the trailer for below:

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