I believe the HPB Book Club’s choice of Gillian Flynn’s thriller Gone Girl is quite apropos. This book’s disturbing look into the dysfunctional marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne paints a haunting picture of lies, secrets, betrayal and revenge, which makes for a very interesting read.
Amy Dunne is missing. The crime scene looks fishy and the investigation points straight at Nick Dunne, whose undemonstrative behavior makes him appear apathetic and turns public opinion against him. Gone Girl is divided into three parts, with each chapter alternating between Nick’s and Amy’s points of view. At first, Amy’s chapters are told through journal entries, which directly contradict the thoughts and memories floating in Nick’s mind, turning the whole book into a dark “he said/she said” mystery. If you haven’t read the book, I don’t want to give too much away, though I will say I closed the book, hoping that I would never meet any of those characters in real life.
If you are looking for more books like Gone Girl for your next read, here are a few you might enjoy:
Books the author says influenced Gone Girl:
The movie version of Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamond Pike and Neil Patrick Harris is currently in theaters, but if you would like to chat with fellow HPB Book Clubbers about Gone Girl, visit hpb.com/bookclub/fb and join the conversation.
So, what book are you going to read next?