It is the morning of Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Everything appears to be going well as Nick awakens to a delicious breakfast made by his loving wife, but later that day, things turn to the blackest nightmare. Amy Dunne has disappeared. There are signs of a struggle in their house; signs that Amy has been kidnapped and maybe even killed. It is not long before fingers start pointing accusingly at Nick as the murderer, but did he really kill his wife, or is something even stranger going on…..?
A couple of years ago, my girlfriend saw the film based on this book and recommended it to me, telling me that it was pretty intriguing and twisted. I promised her I would watch the movie with her, but said I would have to read the book first, as is always the case with me with any movie that is based on a book. What I stepped into when I opened the pages of this bestselling mystery by Gillian Flynn was an absolute thrill-ride and a total mindfuck of a novel. The reader is given the sides of the story by two narrators, and the big question is, which one is the reliable one? Who do you believe? The brooding, but down-to-earth Nick Dunne, or the squeaky clean, girl-next-door, “Amazing” Amy? The truth will shock you, disgust you, and definitely anger you, and meanwhile, you are going to be taken on a torturous roller coaster ride that will have you questioning your own sanity and judgment at every turn.
I give “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn a 4.5 out of 5.