“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold”
How we met: I got a mail from Goodreads saying Gone Girl has been voted the best thriller/mystery novel of 2012
Six Word Summary: Lady missing. Maybe dead. Husband dunnit?
I rate it: B
The short of it: A psychological thriller that explores the genuineness and the lies that go into making a marriage.
If you have been married to someone for five years, you would expect to know something about them. But what would you do if you came face to face with a series of incidents that questioned those very beliefs? What if you couldn’t just sleep on it and then talk to your spouse about it later, because your spouse is gone, and it seems like you are the only one who can figure out how to find her.
Amy Dunn disappears from her home on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary, leaving behind a switched on iron, an upturned living room, and a litany of questions her husband Nick must face. Why was Amy scared, why did she try to buy a gun, and why do people keep claiming to have been her closest friend when Nick doesn’t even know them? And why do so many people who have stalked Amy at various points in her life keep turning out of the wood works. We ride along with Nick as he tries to join the dots, but if Nick is the honest, caring husband we want to believe he is, why is he lying to the authorities at every corner?
I can’t say much more about the story without accidentally leaking spoilers, but Gone Girl makes brilliant use of the unreliable narrator and the multiple perception trick to give the reader a punch in the guts when she least expects it. I deduct points only for the improbable and unconvincing end. Very good pick, Goodreads voters!
Read it if:
- You like psychological thrillers about married people
- You like it when you cannot manage to guess whodunnit
- You aren’t bored by a good bit of what sounds like rich white people problems
- A little violence and graphic sexual imagery doesn’t frighten you
-Amritorupa “Murders are Made in Heaven” Kanjilal
I have an ebook of Gone Girl that I can share with three other readers. Please leave a comment with your mail id if you want to take part, or mail me at amrita(dot)r(dot)kanjilal(at)gmail(dot)com. Results out in ten days, that is, the 22nd of this month.