Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
It takes an author with a very dark and devilish mind to come up with an idea for a psychological thriller about a failing marriage.
It takes an author with an even darker mind to weave together a plot so full of hate, revenge and jealousy that makes the reader not want to put the book down.
Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” ticks all of these boxes.
Nick and Amy Dunne seem like the perfect couple – they have it all – money, good friends and an amazing house. But all is not what it seems, because beneath the façade they are going through a rough patch. They lose their jobs, are forced to move and the love they once had is well and truly over.
This is a book of two (very dark) halves.
Part One opens on the morning of Nick and Amy’s 5th wedding anniversary. When Nick returns home and finds Amy gone, without a trace, he calls in the police. They find her blood on the floor, her purse in the river and her diary. It’s not long before they start to suspect Nick of murdering her.
You really feel for Nick because you know he didn’t kill her…
That’s until you hit Part Two – and the metaphorical (ahem!) hits the fan.
That’s because Amy isn’t dead, but has cleverly concocted the perfect frame.
She’s not the “Amazing Amy” of the diary she left behind, but a cold-hearted bitch out for revenge (yes I said bitch). She’s a sociopath on the warpath, intent on punishing Nick for his dalliance with one of his students. She’s faked her own death and will stop at nothing – and I mean nothing – to get her own back.
Will Nick go down?
Will Amy come back?
I’ll leave it to you to read and find out!
This book is incredibly clever on a number of levels – simply because you don’t know who to root for. At the start you hate Nick and like Amy… then you start to hate her and feel for Nick.
It’s a topsy-turvy book told from the viewpoint of two very messed up people who bring out the worst in each other. The way the book ends will leave you doing a massive *facepalm*.
Beware though – this is not a book for the faint of heart.
It’s a veritable “whodunnit” rollercoaster ride which will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. It’s dark. And I mean very, very dark.
The Book Boy Rating – 4/5