Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl , Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, has been one of the hits of summer 2012. A dark psychological thriller, Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy — a married couple celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy mysteriously disappears.

Alternate chapters reveal the story from the point of view of each of the two main characters and the challenge for the reader of Gone Girl lies in working out who and what to believe since it soon becomes clear that one or other — probably both — of the narrators is unreliable.

Gillian Flynn draws strong, believable characters and spins an intricate and engrossing tale built around age-old themes of revenge, manipulation and the battle of the sexes.

Gone Girl is a nicely structured novel with satisfying short chapters and great chapter endings. This is an engrossing read that should appeal to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was first published in 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson / Orion Publishing. I purchased the Kindle edition on Amazon.com. ISBN: 978 0 297 85940 6.

If you like Gone Girl, you might also like The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

 

Fear the worst by Linwood Barclay

Fear the Worst is a thriller by the international best selling author, Linwood Barclay.

If you like a pacy page turner then Linwood Barclay’s novels are worth a look. His earlier books include No Time for Goodbye and Too Close to Home which are both good reads and this one, Fear the Worst, is up to the same standard.

Father’s quest to find daughter

Barclay’s characters are well drawn and his plots are complex and interesting. Fear the Worst is the story of a father’s quest to find his 17-year-old daughter who goes missing one morning after they had an argument about a pair of sunglasses. The father is particularly well drawn and we get a lot of insight into his relationships with the daughter, his former wife and his work colleagues. Peripheral characters like his paranoid girlfriend are also well drawn. As he searches, he learns more about his daughter’s life and the quest becomes more dangerous.

The story is gripping right up to the last. In the final pages the pace quickens and the action becomes perhaps a little less credible but overall this is an enjoyable read. Perfect for a long flight or to take on holiday.