Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: W&N; Hardback edition
24 May 2012
Gillian Flynn’s third novel, Gone Girl, for characterisation, pace, drama, focus, plot, twists, turns, morality, self-discovery, shocks and absolute consummate story telling is undoubtedly the Book of the Year and, quite possibly, the best book to have been reviewed on these pages.
'What are you thinking, Amy?’ This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.
There is not a moment in this novel that is not memorable, nor where a word is wasted. Yet it is in the drawing of its protagonists – Amy & Nick – that underlines Flynn’s artistry as a wordsmith is most accentuated if not least for the fact that readers will find themselves swinging behind each in support on an almost page-by-page basis.
For those who think Crime Fiction is easy to write, read this novel and think again. For those who have missed Gillian Flynn, shame on you. For those who have read Sharp Objects and Dark Places, hang on to your hats because Gillian Flynn is about to blow you apart.
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