Book Review: Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl

I had wanted to read this book for a long time.

I suppose I held back for so long because this book has a very large hype surrounding it, now more so with the impending release of the film adaptation, directed by David Fincher. 

I finally decided to pick this book up the other week and I was so happy that I did. It took me about two days to read this book and especially on the second day, I couldn't put it down.

This is a spoiler free review.

Gone Girl is written by Gillian Flynn, a former TV critic and now full time author. The book was released in 2012 and has become a best seller.

So what is this book about?

"There's a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.” - Nick Dunn

The basic plot of the book is that on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunn finds that his wife Amy has gone missing. Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect as more information about Amy is revealed from her friends. The reader gets to know both sides of the marriage from Amy's diary and Nick himself.

So why is this book worth a read?

Well, the story itself is absolutely fascinating. Flynn explores marriage in a very brutally honest manner. This is not a happy marriage, this is a marriage that is unravelling at a very quick pace. That is what the book feels like in parts, slow burning and then suddenly you're hurtling towards the conclusion.

This is a story of falling in love and falling out of love. Of human relationships that are far from perfect and a look at humans that have their good moments but are absolutely flawed.

The two voices in the book couldn't be more different. Nick is no husband of the year, he is gruff and can come across as incredibly cold and sometimes almost pessimistic but he is a charming and interesting narrator. Perfect Amy on the other hand is charming and endearing but there always seems to be something missing from her optimistic words. What is true is that both are incredibly intelligent people and they draw you into their marriage with an ease.

The question in this book is, who is telling the truth? It is your decision to decide who is the truthful narrator, do you believe Nick or do you believe Amy? Both characters are playing a game which the reader becomes involved in and you can't help but second guess every piece of information. Whoever you believe, there is one overriding thing that you will immediately walk away with, this is a disturbing marriage between two very disturbed people.

This book is an absolute must read. An intelligent and glossy thriller which will keep you engaged and keep you guessing till the bitter end.

I can't wait to see how it is portrayed on film, I just hope it's as good as the book.

Have you read Gone Girl? Did you enjoy it?

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