Warning: Minor Spoilers

Gone Girl is one of the many movies releases of this fall, but it originated as a 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn.

The psychological thriller is about Nick Dunne, a former writer-turned-professor who has returned to his hometown of North Carthage, Missouri with his wife Amy. The story picks up on the couples’ five-year wedding anniversary, where there’s a noticeable strain on their marriage. Later in the day, Nick discovers Amy missing and subsequently gets caught up in the police investigation and the scrutiny of the public and family.

The plot flips back and forth between two first-person perspectives: Nick and Amy. I liked the element, as it gives the story more than one angle and different sides.

I liked the realistic aspects Flynn incorporated into the story. Nick and Amy both lose both their writing jobs due to the shaky economy and the rise of digital media. Being a writer/journalist myself, I can relate to how the digital era has changed the media industry both positively and negatively.

Another realistic part concerns how the media has such as huge impact on public opinion and obsesses on certain subjects. This makes Amy’s case particularly hard for Nick, as he finds himself trapped by the press and portrayed as somebody he’s not.

The twists were great too, showing you can’t always believe everything you hear and shouldn’t make assumptions so soon.

Flynn’s writing is great, but I felt there was a lot of filler. The second half the book contains entire chapters that should have been half the length, as they make only minor contributions to the plot.

Gone girl is definitely a mystery. If you read it, be sure to make pay attention to the details.