What makes “Gone Girl” such a good read is that after reading the first page you know you are in for a Thrilling ride. It’s one of those rare books that really is a total page turner and you will be up all night turning pages to find out what happens next.
Amy Dunne disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary. It doesn’t look good for Nick, her husband, when the cops see the state of their marital home. The evidence shows that Amy didn’t just walk away and so Nick has a lot of questions to answer.
As we turn into the second chapter we hear Amy’s side of things. The alternating structure of the story gives us two time sequences. Amy’s diary which begins after the happy couple move back to Nick’s home town and start a new life after both have lost their jobs in New York. Then Nick’s present day problems of trying to explain and find out what happened to his wife. The cops bear down on Nick who squirms more and more in his tight corner. Yet as we read Amy’s side of the story and her diary brings us closer to the present,she reveals things about Nick and their faltering marriage that make the reader ask questions.
We know that Nick is lying to the police – definitely hiding something, and its getting him deeper into the sticky stuff as we go along. But we still have no idea where Amy is – she a Gone Girl, so it seems.
Gone Girl is a must read, a fast read and inevitably is being made into a Hollywood Film for next year. If you haven’t read a real page turner in a while, this is the book that will put you back on track and make you realise that there are still authors out there who know how to tell a gripping yarn to keep you up all night.