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The captivating and suspenseful novel, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne who are married to each other. The two met each other in college and soon started dating. They eventually got married and moved to Nick’s hometown in Missouri. From the outside, it seemed as if their life was perfect, but things were not as they seemed. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing and Nick becomes the prime suspect.
During the course of the novel, readers are taken on a suspenseful journey as they try to figure out what happened to Amy. The plot is full of twists and turns, keeping the reader engaged in this roller coaster of a read.

Readers are constantly wondering who is telling the truth, Nick or Amy? Is there more to what they are saying?

The characters in this novel were interesting and complex. I found it really hard to figure out whether that I should sympathize with them or not. The protagonist, Nick, is not the most likeable character. He often makes careless comments and seems to be very self-involved. However, I did feel sorry for him when he was dealing with the aftermath of his wife’s disappearance.

Amy, on the other hand, is a much more intriguing character. She is described as being “a beautiful, hot, brilliant woman.” Despite this, readers can’t help but feel a little disappointed with her. In the beginning of the novel she is portrayed as being a pretty typical housewife who loves to bake and read. However, after going missing it’s evident that there is more to Amy than meets the eye.

The author did a great job of creating a suspenseful narrative. Throughout the book, readers are given snippets of Amy’s diary which gives them an insight into her thoughts leading up to her disappearance. However, the reader only knows what Nick reads in these extracts. This creates this idea that he isn’t being told everything and neither is the reader. I thought this was really clever as it meant that the reader’s assumptions and feelings about Amy changed throughout the novel.

As a reader it really is hard to figure out what actually happened in this story. Is Nick telling the truth? Is Amy? Or has there been some outside interference that we do not know about…
If you’re looking for a suspenseful, action-packed read, then I would definitely recommend “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. The plot is full of surprises and the characters are well-developed. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, then you will not be disappointed!

5 out of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gone Girl. It is an extremely suspenseful novel that is full of twists and turns. The characters are intriguing and multi-dimensional, which makes it difficult to know who to trust. Gillian Flynn did an amazing job of creating a story that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.



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