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Gone Girl review by Paulo Lamadrid

Gone Girl, by Gilllian Flynn, isn’t your average thriller. The more I turned the pages the more I became filled with dread and yet I just couldn’t stop.

The plot seems conventional, at first. Nick and Amy Dunne are a married couple. On their fifth year anniversary, Amy mysteriously disappears, leaving only a wrecked living room behind. The police get involved and soon the finger is pointed at Nick. This kind of set-up isn’t unique, we’ve all seen it before. However, this illusion only lasts for the first half of the novel. After that, it becomes a much creepier and distressing tale. I can’t say much without spoiling the plot, but I’ll just say that the plot twists in this book are unlike any you’ve ever seen before.

The story is narrated through the eyes of both Amy and Nick, alternating after every chapter. This makes the story even more interesting, as we see how both sides saw the situation. You also realise quickly that some of what they say even contradict the other side. It also helps that both characters are incredibly believable. They’re flawed people and they both have secrets to hide. It makes you sceptical of what they say, and soon you start second-guessing yourself. What really happened here? Which one of them is telling the truth? The unreliable narration only adds further to the mystery.

The themes approached in the book include relationships, honesty, and commitment. Gillian herself said that she wanted to examine the topic of marriage with the book. There’s plenty of food for thought to mull over in the book, and part of the reason why I’m writing this review is so more people can read it so I can talk to someone about it.

Overall, the novel is tightly-packed, witty, unsettling, and just plain brilliant. I’d recommend it to anyone over the age of fifteen.

To end this review I’d like to ask a question, “How well can two people know each other, really?