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Publisher: Hachette UK
THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the...
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a fast paced, suspenseful thriller. It is told from the point of view of married couple Nick Dunne and Amy Elliott Dunne. The story begins with the suspicious circumstances surrounding Amy’s disappearance on the morning on their fifth wedding anniversary.
I read this book in audiobook format, which I felt the story is very well suited to due to the dual points of view featured throughout. As the story progresses, we soon learn that all is not what it seems, and the reader tries to piece together the timeline in the days and weeks leading up to Amy’s disappearance.
I liked this novel because of how complex it was. Even what could be initially interpreted as a throwaway comment early on in the novel would later be revealed to have great significance as the story progressed. Amy’s diary in particular was a great example of this.
I also felt the author’s use of language was very effective in creating a dark and immersing read. Some quotes that helped achieve this are “There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.” And “I felt a queasy mixture of relief and horror: when you finally stop an itch and realize it’s because you’ve ripped a hole in your skin.”
This novel also delves into the impact our childhood upbringing can have on the people we become. This includes the insecurities and fears we develop, and the way in which they shape our actions. This is highly evident in both the case of Nick and Amy.
The only aspects of the novel I didn’t enjoy was the initial build up at the beginning of the story which I felt was a little drawn out. I also suspected one of the major plot twists in the lead up. Despite this however, I still felt it was executed very well.
Overall I give this novel a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and look forward to reading more books by this author.