Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - review

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn review
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What's Gone Girl about?

Amy, the inspiration for a much-loved children's book franchise, disappears from the home she shares with husband Nick on the morning of their 5th anniversary. Nick is automatically classed as a suspect and with the evidence mounting up, his chances begin to look bleak - but did he really kill his wife?

With Amy's diary entries interspersed with the ongoing investigation you get a picture of a modern marriage gone wrong, but is everything really as it seems?

goodtoknow says
We think it's safe to say Nick and Amy do not have a happy marriage! There are more twists, turns, mind games and downright toxic behaviour than you can bear to keep up with, but you must -  miss one little detail and you'll be lost.

At first you think you know the story. Missing wife, unemotional husband - it almost writes itself, but it's that stereotype that this book plays on. Despite his sensitive, first-person narrative, you begin to doubt Nick as the evidence just gets a little too much.

One of the best parts of this book was the brilliant surprise twist halfway through, so we really don't want to give it away, but we will say, Amy has got to be one of the most complex characters we've ever read.


And it's not just Nick who has had a troubled past with this complicated woman. As her character unfolds, the story really spices up and the reveal of what happened on that seemingly normal morning left us reeling.

You will actually not be able to put it down. Don't think you've heard this story before, you really, really haven't.


Rating: 9/10
Publisher: Phoenix
Publish date: 3rd February 2013

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I love a book that gets you thinking and gets you talking. Even though I wasn’t sure how much I actually liked the book whilst I was reading it, I couldn’t put it down and really wanted to get other people to read it so I could discuss it with them. And indeed, I managed to get my best friend, my mum and even my 92 year old gran to read it! I did, however, make sure I read it before my mum as she has a habit of giving away twists (I’ll never forget her doing that when I was reading Before I Go To Sleep as it still bugs me!). And the most interesting thing is that everyone seems to have a different opinion about the characters – that’s what the discussions are always about, not how good the book was but about the two main characters - whether you liked them and what you wanted to see happen to them. Or maybe I have a different perspective than others having never been married myself. I seem to be in a bit of a minority in quite liking Nick but not Amy. Most people seem not to like either of them. Nick is obviously flawed but I still felt sorry for him, which most people don’t seem to. Maybe that says more about me than how the characters are written! I can still remember now, a couple of months later, when I got about 150 pages into it there is a reveal about him and up until that point I had liked him so much I can still remember now my reaction, with my heart just sinking and saying out loud “oh no”. I was just so disappointed in him although of course it made perfect sense for his character. So I would recommend this book as it’s a very interesting read, just don’t go into it with too high expectations.


Absolutely brilliant book, very well written. Did not expect the twist in the middle - unusual place to have a twist yet it worked. Boy, did it work! This is a real page-turner, so much so that read it again straight away.


Just finished this and LOVED it. I was desperate to find time to read it - in the bath, on the train - I took it everywhere with me as I couldn't wait to find out what happened. A real page-turner!

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