Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2014)
Reviewed By: Editorial Board
The Editorial Board of The Columbia Review selects new books and films of interest, as well as paid submissions and sponsored reviews from authors, publishers, directors, agents and producers.

This is your next read—if you want to be the nail-biting voyeur to a “normal” relationship between a married couple, which evolves into evil. Imagine watching a harmless-looking larvae gradually turn into the worst nightmare-inducing monsters, and you get the picture of Gone Girl.

It starts normally, lovingly even. Nick says: “When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with.” And Amy recalls their first meeting: “I smile because he’s gorgeous. … His name is Nick. I love it. It makes him seem nice, and regular, which he is.”

From here, Gillian Flynn takes us on a journey of peeling off the mask of normalcy from this love story and finding a reality that, had it not crept into our heads so subtly, would have made us scream. Mainly because Flynn is so crafty a writer, we forget to scream as we turn the pages in a process of becoming increasingly horrified. Still, at the same time, we do believe that all this could really happen.

Gone Girl is Flynn’s third novel. It is excellent. We look forward to her next breezy, normal tale of absolute horror from her. Enjoy!