I’m going to tread very lightly with this review, because to spoil any plot point of Gillian Flynn’s masterful suspense novel Gone Girl would be a crime against anyone planning to read it. Nick and Amy Dunne were once young and in love. But now, on the fifth anniversary of their wedding, their relationship is crumbling and neither spouse seems happy. It is on this day that Nick receives a phone call from a concerned neighbor: the Dunne’s front door is wide open, the living room is trashed, and Nick’s wife nowhere to be found. Anyone interested in the true crime genre could tell you that the husband is always the first suspect, but did Nick really do it? Told in alternating chapters of Nick’s perspective when Amy goes missing and Amy’s diary entries chronicling their relationship, the novel plays with the narrators’ unreliability to keep the reader guessing every step of the way.
I’ve heard a ton of buzz about this book all summer and trust me, it is all well-deserved. The fast pacing and many twists and turns make this book painful to put down, even for just a minute. This is no average whodunit; in addition to being a captivating mystery/thriller, this is also an intriguing character study about what happens when relationships go wrong and when your spouse isn’t quite what they seem to be at the beginning of the relationship. I finished this book three days ago after reading it in two sittings, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I highly recommend Gone Girl to anyone looking for a unique mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.