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I am obsessed with thrillers and good crime novels so since Claire introduced me to author Gillian Flynn I have slowly been working my way through her books. Most recently I finished Gone Girl which made the New York bestseller list in 2012.
The story instantly throws you into the inharmonious marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne who have just moved from New York to Nick's small hometown to open a bar after both losing their jobs in the financial crisis. On their wedding anniversary Amy goes missing from their home with evidence of a violent struggle. The story alternates from being told by Amy and Nick, however whilst Nick narrates from the present, Amy narrates their relationship from the beginning.
For me this book continually kept me guessing as a good thriller should do. I loved the different dimensions of the characters - Flynn has a skill of making you like one character and then just as quickly revealing a character flaw that made you question whether you really did like them or not. The whole time you are reading the book something just doesn't feel right and its that feeling the propels you through the book at a lightening fast pace.
For me the ending was not what I expected, it was actually an ending that just wasn't comfortable for me. I can tell it had an impact on me because I could not get it out of my head! I randomly stumbled across this interview with Flynn and found it really helped me to understand why she went with the ending but don't read it until you finish the book as it completely gives the book away!
I give 'Gone Girl' 7 bookworms out of 10.