Friday, September 18, 2015

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Best sellers (like this and this) have disappointed me many times before. But this book was popping on my amazon page a lot, finally I ordered this.

The marriage of Nick and Amy are going through difficult times. They, after losing jobs in the recession, have recently moved to Nick's hometown, Missouri, to take care of Nick's dying mother. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears. 

The story is said in first person, alternately by Nick and Amy. The first part of the novel gives Nick's account of the initial days after Amy's missing and Amy's diary entries about how they met, fell in love, got married and how their marriage was. The two accounts seem to contradict each other and the reader might get into a dilemma of whom to believe. Now the second part offers you a "twist" in the story and it becomes difficult to put down the book after this.

Gone Girl touches a lot of themes like the invasion of media in life, the effect of a failing economy in a failing marriage and parenting with fame and perfection in the backdrop. However, the central theme of the novel is the psychology of a long term relationship and the deceptions involved therein.

A good read: 3.75 out of 5