Monday, 28 January 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I find myself writing a lot on this blog that I have read a book due to some kind of media or social networking hype. The buzz surrounding this novel was really not one to ignore, coming from all manner of sources. 

Once again I haven’t been disappointed. On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne finds himself the prime suspect in the disappearance of his beautiful wife Amy. Nick persists that he has no involvement, but odd searches on his computer, entries from Amy’s diary and the testimony of others suggest otherwise. Whilst the police conduct their official investigations, Nick does some of his own to try and get to the truth behind his wife Amy.

This is the sort of story that gets you hooked from the start. We see Nick’s side of things first and then the excerpts from Amy’s diary gives the other perspective. The alternation between the couple’s voices and getting the two sides of the same picture adds to the mystery. The change in language marking the differences between the character’s inner thoughts and what they actually say is deeply unsettling. 

The story is thought provoking and I found it to be devious and disturbing making it all the more compelling to read. It is no surprise that there is already a movie in the planning, although it will have to be exceptional to do justice to this brilliant book. Gone Girl is a compulsive thriller and definitely not to be missed. 

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