Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
There has been so much hype about this book and I am pleased that I have finally got round to reading it. I think the hype is very much deserved and I am extremely excited about the movie being made, especially as Gillian Flynn is on board to write the screen-play.
Gone Girl is about Nick and Amy. Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. The police suspect Nick and soon the evidence is mounting up; her friends say Amy was frightened of Nick; his Internet search history is highly suspicious and why does he have a secret disposable mobile phone?
Gillian Flynn has written such a clever book, it becomes clear that Amy and Nick are unreliable narrators. I felt like I had just worked everything out when it all changed again and I was just left with more questions. I don't think I have ever read a book with so many twists and turns, the ending completely blew me away.
Gone Girl examined so many different ideas; how well we really know those we love, relationships within a family and how our childhood shapes us plus the lengths people will go to in order to keep a secret.
I found the first third of the book really difficult to get into but it soon became more and more intriguing. I began to enjoy the unreliable narration as it was such a challenge to work out what was real or not.
Gone Girl is a fantastic read, it is dark, gripping and leaves you with a lot to think about.

Dot Scribbles Rating: 4.75/5
Publisher: Phoenix
Pages: 496


jessicabookworm said...

The more I read about this book the more I think I should be reading it!

Dot said...

Jessicabookworm- That's exactly what I thought and I'm so glad I read it!

Nikki-ann said...

It's good to hear the hype is deserved... I raelly should give this oen a go! :)

Dot said...

Nikki-ann It's really good, well worth a read!

Jess Hearts Books! said...

I've had this one on my TBR for ages! Good to know you're another fan, really makes me want to pick up my copy soon! Thanks for the review :)

Dot said...

Jess Hearts Books- I think you'll like it!

Amit Agarwal said...

This is a devastating thriller which shows what a talented writer can do at the height of her creative power.This book literally throbs with a raw power which drives the narrative at full throttle till the end .Probably Dan Brown can learn a thing or two from this brilliant writer as to how to write a thriller which would embody all the qualities of a classic.After so many years I have come across a book which I unabashedly would recommend for those who wonder why there is a dearth of great writers writing thrillers.This writers earlier book has won the Edgar Award and since I am one of those who admire my agatha christie and conan doyle, Edgar allan poe and Edgar Wallace as well as the good old G K chesterton i was looking for something which would be a page turner but could remind me of literary style of the great writers of crime fiction of the golden era and this writer has greatly justified the faith i reposed in her .I am really surprised to see some reviewers criticizing her style .well she is writing from the perspectives of a working class American couple who have lost their job because of the Meltdown of 2008 .Do you expect them to talk in latin or a la Poirot in French .I bought the first edition[hardcover]which Flipkart was the first to offer and i treat this book as an honorable addition to my collection of crime fiction.If you love crime fiction do read this book .This book is my best crime fiction read of this year. I have made it point to read the other two novels written by Ms.Flynn.Great ,a writer in full command of this genre ,a writer to watch out for.

MomentsbyPeach said...

This turned into such an addictive read, and I ended up going through all three of of Flynn's published novels.

While it does get a tiny bit predictable in terms of the main characters slightly damaged/unlikeable/questionable nature and the multiple layers and twists, her writing style is so enjoyable.

DId a review of all three, would love to hear your thoughts :)?



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