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Gone Girl (2012)
Author: Gillian Flynn
Rating: 5/5

Gillian Flynn’s deep comprehension into the psychology and dynamics of a long-term relationship flamed the debut of Gone Girl and soon made it to the New York Times Best Seller list. Alternating between the points of view of long-time couple Nick and Amy Dunne, the story initially focuses around their troubled marriage and their flawed marital perspectives.

Further tension occurs as they both lose their jobs and face trials that need agreement when unity is what they particularly lack—adding more fire to the flame.

When Amy suddenly disappears without a trace, the plot develops into a greater extent of lovesick and felonious clashes. Allegations start sprouting out like a long awaited boiling spring, and the heat burns as the story goes on. The exposed truth holds no guarantee, and this is where the novel becomes even more exciting.

The power of Flynn’s Gone Girl to leave readers on tenterhooks goes beyond the range of ordinary suspense by disclosing the reality and bitterness of expiring love and betrayals.

 

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The Girl on the Train (2015)
Author: Paula Hawkins
Rating: 4/5

Armored with entrancing suspense, The Girl on the Train debuted at number 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list with an estimated 11 million copies sold worldwide. The story revolves around the points of view of Rachel, Anna, and Megan as they come across each other through chance and personal life blunders.

Rachel becomes a severe alcoholic when her former husband Tom leaves her for another woman, Anna. The trauma from her separation causes her to go on drunken sprees that leave her blacking out throughout the night. Meanwhile, in spite of trying to conceal her lost job, Anna still continues her route of taking the train to London—and there, along every mile that the train takes, come the revealing of their story as they come across each other’s life through the exceptional boldness of fate and their own horrid mistakes.

The stupefying execution of points of view created the foundation of the masterpiece as it plays with events that can happen in real life. The novel is morally testing and sensationally satisfying for thriller enthusiasts as the shudder does not cease but surmounts as each woman seeks for the truth. However, the truth does not set them free—but imprisons them even more.


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