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Book review: Gone Girl

“Our kind of love can go into remission but it’s always waiting to return. Like the world’s sweetest cancer.”

I’ve recently read ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn after lots of recommendations! It was the first book I’ve read in a long time that I just could not put down, it was absolutely brilliant and I urge you to read it.

It’s a story of love, hate, revenge, lies and is full of twists. The characters of Amy and Nick as narrators are so brilliantly written. They are complex and interesting. You fall in love and out with the characters throughout the story. It is a really powerful plot. On the morning of their fifth anniversary, Amy goes missing and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect but all is not as it first seems. As the police investigation and Nick’s investigation unravel the readers learns more about their marriage and them as individuals. Flynn writes fantastically and really draws you in to the story.

The central relationship is confusing and messy. But, Flynn also takes time to reflect on the upbringing of the main characters and how their parents influenced their lives in such a big way. There is fantastic commentary on how society views women and the husband/wife dynamic as well as the media portrayal of the law and high profile murder cases.

Flynn manages to make you question a lot of things in this dark tale, primarily how well one person can really know another. The book is fast paced and never seems to slow down, the twist literally made me gasp out loud.

This book is addictive, gripping and an absolute must read!

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