Dark, twisted, intelligent ,and addictive. GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn is an emotional roller coaster of love and hate entwined in a deceptive criminal concoction that's equal parts psychological and procedural.
Nick Dunne's world is brought crashing down when he discovers his wife of five years missing, his house in disarray, and the cops, sighting him as a key suspect. Amy, a housewife who craves her former big city life openly admitted a dissatisfaction of moving to Nick's hometown following his mother falling ill. She supported Nick's decision as best she could yet the tension of the move evidently bubbled closer and closer to the surface - their once picture perfect marriage threatened to collapse. Then she disappears, Nick is left with nothing but a fear for the worst and a anniversary puzzle dredging up emotions he'd felt long lost.
GONE GIRL really is an exceptionally good novel. The multi POV telling of accounts switching between a conniving and desperately vindictive Amy via her journal, to Nick's living hell as he shifts from feelings of loss, hate, anger, love, and ultimately hopelessness.
The course of the investigation paints Nick in light of a victim and perpetrator seamlessly switching perspective as 'facts' come to light - Gillian Flynn toys with the readers mind just as much as her well rounded characters.
GONE GIRL hooked me line and sinker from the get-go and didn't release it's vice like grip until the end. A great read that is sure to resonate for a time to come.