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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a thriller, if not a murder mystery. The story opens with a couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. Things go awry and the wife disappears with no particular clue left behind. Husband is not only clueless but also ill-informed. Their marriage was starting to fall apart already but he didn't want to see his wife gone.

The police investigation commences but to no avail. The husband thinks he needs to do something and starts doing the investigation on his own. The girl’s parents also start to worry, their only child went missing. From childhood to high school, from neighbors to in-laws everyone is questioned and investigated and yet no one has any clue. Now the finger gets pointed at the husband because now he's the only one who could have done all this! But the girl’s parents keep faith in him. There is media that frames a different picture of the whole scene. The girl is one of the famous one on whom the book series is written, thus what everyone wonders about her.

There are diary entries that expose a different picture. There are simultaneously two stories running. One that goes post the girl goes missing, from the way things come falling over the husband and another are diary entries in which Amy describes how she lived each day with a hope that she will save her marriage. The diary entries feel so heart touching, the struggle of a woman who doesn't want her marriage to slip out of her hand. Yet there is this husband who gives her new challenges every time. Sometimes she breaks, sometimes she stands strong. And suddenly there are revelations about revenge seekers. Extramarital affairs and vengeance is ought to be sought.

People are being used. Past patterns are developed and disclose a different picture from what was shown till now. And there are new twists and turns, murders, betrayals, wrecking truths, and of course cruel intentions revealed.

Whether Amy will return or not? Is she alive? Who kidnapped her? Or is she murdered? If yes, then by whom? Or is it all framed up and planned this way? Definitely, the book will keep you awake till you reach the last page. It is a treat for thriller lovers. New surprises await at every nook and corner.


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