We highly recommend Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a tense read up until the last sentence. The amazing Amy Dunne is the wife of Missourian Nick Dunne. Both are unemployed journalists who move to Missouri after Nick’s mother is taken ill. Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, is presumed dead or abducted, and all signs point to Nick being the prime suspect. From there, the story takes you down a windy path of marriage in which no one is either completely innocent or guilty.
The writing is sharp and full of pop culture jokes that make it a fast and fun read. The use of technologies today which allow people to follow social media interactions of strangers is a nice touch by Flynn, who uses it to ensure that one character keeps in touch with another from behind a façade. Gone Girl also plays with gender roles, expectations of partners, and how communication is key.
The book has been selected as material for a movie that Reese Witherspoon will produce. Gillian Flynn has been asked to write the adaptation so that looks good. Here’s hoping that the actors they get match the descriptions in the book.