Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a thriller novel published in 2012. It is considered to be one of the best works of Gillian Flynn. The first part of the narrative begins with Nick Dunne and his wife Amy’s marriage and life. The plot alternates between the point of view of both of them with Nick describing their present-day life and Amy’s perspective depicts their past.
Amy’s diary describes Nick as an aggressive and moody kind of person while Nick thinks of Amy as anti-social and needlessly difficult to manage. Due to recession, both Nick and Amy lose their jobs after which they move to Nick’s hometown Missouri to take care of his ailing mother. Amy loved their life in New York and stubbornly resents the idea of moving to Nick’s hometown. This causes their relationship to become strained even further.
Amy suddenly vanishes one day. With passage of time, it is revealed that Amy was pregnant and Nick’s indifference in her vanishing makes him a suspect with the police who think he may have murdered his wife. Nick himself does not help his cause by providing a misogynist perspective to the police and media. With the twists and turns, the readers slowly comes to know what happened to Amy which again comes as a surprise. The readers will be left to their imagination on how the story will unfold further and reach its climax.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a masterpiece of Gillian Flynn. It was on the top of the New York Times Bestseller list for eight weeks. During the end of the first year of its publication, it had sold more than 2 million copies. Flynn provides a thoroughly gripping plot to the readers filled with twists and turns. She ensures that the readers are engaged from the beginning and completely hooked to the plot.
The unreliable storytellers in her plot Nick and Amy are used to great extent to add to the uncertainty of the story. The author expertly moves the story forward swiftly and keeps the readers immersed in it. The plot, characters, and the narration style are all concise and sharp. This is a highly recommended read for the readers and they must not miss it at any cost.