Book Reviews

Book Review: Gone girl

…by Gillian Flynn. 

On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Elliot Dunne goes missing. Her husband Nick Dunne is an immediate suspect given that he doesn’t have an alibi for that morning and that he and  Amy were heard arguing the night before by a neighbour. The book is divided into three parts. Part one, ‘Boy loses girl’ begins with Nick narrating what happened on “the day of” Amy going missing. Nick’s views are alternated with chapters narrated by Amy in the form of her diary entries from when she first met Nick. Despite Nick trying to convince the readers that he is a nice guy, the evidence seems to point to him. It doesn’t help when some of Amy’s friends come forward with stories of abuse on Nick’s part. Something he keeps denying.

What has happened to Amy?

Is she just missing or is she dead?

If Nick harmed her in any way, what did he do?

To know all this and more, you have to read the book.

My thoughts on this book: Chillingly superb!!! This is a fantastic psychological thriller with the two protagonists so seriously flawed that you cannot help but read on. Given that it’s a thriller, I don’t want to give away much in my review but all I can say is that several sections left me gobsmacked and shaking my head. I would have probably read it in one go if I didn’t have to go to work. The manner in which the author has carved out these two personalities and their backgrounds leading to who they are is brilliantly done. All in all, I say it’s a highly recommended read. To the point where I am definitely checking out the author’s other books.

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Until next time,


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  • Maddie
    30 December 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Hmm…I liked it too. But don’t you think it was a bit implausible in the end? I don’t want to spoil it for others, but I think part three was not that practical. What do you say?

    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Yes and no Maddie. It was a bit strange but then again, there are people who are that messed up in society…honestly! I see families like that…and they of course end up screwing up the kid,

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  • Anisha Vasudevan
    26 February 2013 at 2:56 am

    I just finished reading this book yesterday and I’m still reeling from it. What a twisted book! Loved every bit of it, ofcourse 🙂
    Btw I love your blog!