Gone Girl, By Gillian Flynn

What’s This Book All About?

A completely engrossing and spectacularly plotted novel, Gone Girl revolves around the lives of Nick and Amy Dunne. Throughly dazzlingly  and a searingly dark intelligent thriller, this book takes suspense novels to an altogether new level.

The Bigger Picture

Let me make one thing clear that, I am not a big fan of books based on crime and mysteries. This is because most of them tend to follow a similar pattern and storyline after a particular point. Something happens, there are a list of culprit and the rest of the story is simply about who is the real culprit. And once the culprit is revealed, there is nothing in the story that holds your attention and interests. Secondly, I do not like rushing through a book. I like it more when I am given time to absorb the events, emotions, feelings and characters of the book. Crime fiction I feel does not allow me that luxury.
So you can understand that it was with great apprehension that I started reading Gone Girl because I felt that it would be the same as others.
Ohh I was wrong. SO VERY WRONG.
Gone Girl is different from every book that I have read so far and it is anything but predictable. A crime has been committed but you don’t know what exactly has happened though the culprit seems pretty obvious. And by the time you realise what has happened, you cannot decide who exactly is guilty. The novel starts on a very ordinary note: Amy Dunne, wife of Nick Dunne goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary and all the suspicion is on her husband. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents, Nick presents an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. He is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter, but is he really a killer?
The entire book is divided into two distinct parts. The first part of the book is a two sided story in which Amy and Nick tell the readers two different and conflicting stories. Nick is in the present tense, and Amy by way of an emotional diary that talks about her romance and marriage to her husband. But both Nick and Amy are exceptional liars and it is very difficult to understand which part of their story is true and which part is fabricated. In the second part, secrets are revealed and the plot is completely turned on its head with so many twists and turns, that makes this book an amazing roller-coaster ride. The less you know about the details of this book, the more you benefit from the harrowing twists and turns.
Further, what I think sets this book apart is the ingenious nature in which the author has developed all the characters, that it is difficult not be drawn towards their stories and lives. Her ability to create such complex yet multidimensional characters have definitely helped to make this novel a masterpiece. To write a good mystery novel or for that matter any book becomes much more interesting and captivating when the characters form the main crux of the story. Gone Girl is proof of that! In addition, I loved the ending of this book. IT WAS COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED. I don’t think this book would have had the same impact had the ending been different.
Gone Girl is a haunting story that will sadden you, surprise you, confuse you and in the process completely keep you hooked. Just when you think you have figured out the story, there will be a new twist waiting to happen. Even the elements you feel you have figured, cannot be held completely true until you have read the entire book. Also, Gillian Flynn is a great writer! She has the ability to surprise you in the most unexpected ways. Twists, characters that flip out of the pages and a clever plot., she has all the ingredients that make for an exciting read. I now understand why her books have taken readers by storm. I cannot wait to see what she will write next and look forward to reading the rest of her books as well.

Final Verdict

A must read for all suspense lovers,  Gone Girl is a masterfully woven tale of love, lies, and betrayal that sets a new benchmark for novels in this genre.
It is wily, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they make you question every aspect of their personality.Even when you think you have the plot figured out, you would be left shocked and amazed by the end of this book. I highly recommend this book for fans of thrillers, mysteries, and anyone who would love to read a story that does not follow a predictable pattern.

P.S. There is  movie version of this book that stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris. Because the screenplay is written by the author herself, this movie is one of the nicest book to movie adaptation that I have ever seen. Plus the lead actors are extremely convincing in their roles.

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