C. Dixon

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a thrilling mystery following the life of Nick Dunne, and his wife Amy. The novel begins on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, but takes a turn when Nick finds out his wife has disappeared. As revelations unfold about the couple’s rocky marriage, Nick becomes the prime suspect of Amy’s disappearance. Nick pleads his innocence, but as the police find more and more evidence against him, such as mopped up blood on his kitchen floor and the confession of an affair with his student, he becomes public enemy number one.

Gone Girl was one of my favorite books I have ever read. It has nonstop clever twists that make it extremely difficult to stop reading. I also really enjoyed that for a book that continues to uncover information, there were no plot holes or things that did not make sense. I was extremely satisfied with novel from the opening lines all the way until the shocking ending. Gone Girl was written very creatively as it is divided between Nick trying to figure out what happened to his wife in the present, and also features Amy’s past diary entries which delve into their unstable marriage and her eventual fear of her husband. As the novel develops, it becomes very clear that understanding whose perspective the chapter you are reading is from: whether from Nick or Amy, is extremely important, as their beliefs on their marriage seem to contradict each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys thrillers, murder-mysteries, or anyone that just wants to read a clever and original story. I would also recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, because the amount of shocking moments and surprises in the novel will make it difficult to resist reading it all night.