Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Nick and Amy were young journalists who met, fell in love and married. They lived a New York City dream life until the Great Recession, when they both lost their jobs. For economic and other reasons, they moved to Nick’s childhood hometown in Missouri. This was a difficult adjustment for Amy who was New York born and bred. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy went missing and the house showed signs of a violent struggle.  Gone Girl is the story of the search for Amy. It is told in two voices: Nick’s report of what is happening as the search goes on, alternating with entries from Amy’s diaries, beginning with the night she first met Nick.

Enough said! No spoilers here and the less the reader knows about this book, the more enjoyable it will be. This is a suspense story worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. Readers will change their theories of what happened after every chapter: She’s dead! She’s alive! He’s guilty! He’s innocent! They’re in cahoots! He’s a jerk! He’s a liar! He’s misunderstood! She’s spoiled! She’s a pain! She’s a saint!  Gone Girl is a page-turner that will keep you reading late into the night.