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If you wish to read a book that would get you immersed into the plot and also gets you thrilled with its endless twists and turns, then ‘GONE GIRL’ by Gillian Flynn should definitely be your first choice. The plot of this novel is so intricately written around the characters that it makes us praise the amazing work of the writer.
The book is divided into three parts, where the author beautifully compiles and narrates the occurance of events at that point of time. The language is simple and easy to understand. It clearly shows how comfortable the author is with the language. The detailing of events and elaborate descriptions makes the reader become a part while reading through it!
Nick and Amy:
Nick Dunne is a writer by profession and was raised in Missouri in the outskirts of the city. He meets Amy Elliot a New York girl in a party. They immediately fall for each other and get married. Initially they live a happy life but after a couple of years, life gets harder as they both lose their jobs. It so happens that their money in the bank account has also become insufficient. They then decide to move to Missouri, Nick’s hometown where he decides to open a bar along with his twin sister ‘Margo’ using the left-over money of his wife. They also take care of Nick’s ailing mother who is suffering from an end stage breast cancer. Little did they know about the unexpected turn their life is about to take.
The Missing Wife:
Everything seemed fine until all of a sudden Nick finds his beautiful wife Amy going missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Terror fills the air for Nick as people start suspecting him for the murder of his wife. He is helpless with only the clues (which his wife gives every year to find his present) of the treasure hunt game left behind.
The second half of the book in particular was more gripping because, the author has taken her time to develop the characters in the first half.
Vital characters of the story:
1] Margo – Nick's twin sister often referred to as ‘Go’ always backs her brother no matter what and comforts him during his painful time.
2] Amy's parents Marybeth and Rand- they initially trust Nick but later, on account of the circumstances they go against him and express their grief for their missing daughter.
3] Detectives Boney and Gilpin- they travel throughout the story as they keenly investigate the missing case but eventually end up unsuccessful.
4] Tanner bolt- Nick's able lawyer. He brings in a lot of interesting elements into the plot as he guides Nick and advises him a lot in this matter on account of his experience.
This great work by Gillian Flynn reminds us how love can make a person go wild and immature at the same time both of which can ruin one’s life.
It also deals with the human nature that is prone to making mistakes and the struggle one has to face in order to rebuild his or her life.
The way the author describes the events between a Psychopathic wife and her deeply flawed husband is highly appreciable.
Even though the ending seemed a bit unconvincing, the experience one gets while reading through this deeply entertaining book is fascinating. The reason behind Amy framing Nick seemed a bit too weak but, later describing her a psychopath fixes it. Reading this novel is so engaging that it will make you want to complete it in one go. Unexpected twists and surprises, its intricate characterization and it's amazing plot makes this thriller a must read for all.
About the author:
Gillian Schieber Flynn is an American writer. She was born on February 24, 1971. Flynn has published three novels, Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl, all three of which have been adapted for film or television. Gone Girl (2012) was released in June 2012.