Publication: NZ BookLovers

“I was told love should be unconditional. That’s the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever?” asks Amy Elliott Dunne in Gillian Flynn’s chilling novel Gone Girl. Flynn’s best-selling – albeit contentious – third novel depicts a love story of sorts; a love story where things have gone terribly wrong, and where the reader is caught between Amy and her husband Nick’s alternating narratives, witnessing as the lines of villain and victim become increasingly blurred.

The essential plot is that on the day of their five-year wedding anniversary, Amy disappears; and while there are a myriad of different clues as to how or why she may have disappeared, there are no easy answers to be found within the first-person narratives by Nick and Amy. The first part of the book (“Boy loses Girl”) is absolutely compelling as it oozes suspense and mystery, and left me unable to put the book down. Amy and Nick are masterfully portrayed by the author as she slowly unfolds their characteristics, all along throwing in a few “red herrings” designed to unsettle any certainties in the minds of the readers as they try to ascertain who Nick and Amy really are.

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