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Netflix Viewers Say New True-Crime Documentary Based On ‘Real-Life Gone Girl’ Is A Must-Watch

American Nightmare star Denise Huskins has issued a plea to viewers before they watch the Netflix documentary.
Credit: @huskins.denise/Instagram & Netflix

A woman from a ‘wild’ new Netflix Gone Girl series has made a plea to viewers before they watch it. 

Gone Girl was a 2014 psychological thriller film based on Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel of the same name.

It follows a man who finds that he’s the focus of media attention following the mysterious disappearance of his wife on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.

Starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, the film was a critical and box-office success.

And now there’s a documentary which has been dubbed the ‘real life Gone Girl‘ and it’s left viewers hooked.

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American Nightmare, from the people of Tinder Swindler, has just hit Netflix screens.

It follows Denise Huskins, who has made a serious plea to any potential viewers…

The story focuses on Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, after she was kidnapped back in 2015.

Quinn called the police from Vallejo, California in March 2015, to report that his girlfriend had gone missing.

However, he immediately shot to the top of their suspect list, with the investigation into Huskins’ disappearance zeroing in on him.

Police claimed Quinn’s story didn’t make any sense, and also told him he’d failed a polygraph test.

Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn.
Denise Huskins has issued a plea to potential American Nightmare viewers. Credit: @huskins.denise/Instagram

But then, when Huskins turned up in her hometown, 400 miles away, police began to think they were dealing with a hoax.

We won’t go any further with this unbelievable story to avoid spoilers, but suffice it to say, things only get stranger from there.

American Nightmare features interviews with Quinn and Huskins, along with footage of their police interviews, as they tell their side of the story.

The series has already garnered rave reviews from viewers, with one writing on X, formerly known as Twitter: “What a wild story, eloquently told and brilliant production.

“The fact that no law enforcement officials were disciplined for shockingly bad investigative work is a disgrace. They’ll protect themselves time and time again and throw women to the wolves.”

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Reviewers are also loving the show, with Leila Latif writing in The Guardian: “What elevates this documentary above the normal schlocky true crime fare is how it makes the true crime audience complicit in the media storm in which Quinn and Huskins found themselves.

“But American Nightmare also has a hunger for the ghoulish details: some of the re-enactments are slowed down to make sure the viewer gets every grisly detail.”

And now Huskins has issued viewers with a firm warning.

Posting the trailer to her Instagram, she writes: “This goes way beyond just us as victims, and this one case.

“The bigger themes of rushing to judgment, victim blaming, misrepresentation in the media, false accusations fueled by tunnel vision and confirmation bias in law enforcement, and the dangerous tactics they use to try to get a false confession, are sadly all too common in our world.

“But perhaps more importantly, it’s a story of hope when all feels lost. I believe anyone who’s overcome a trauma can connect with different parts of this series and what we went through.

“We look forward to having you watch.”

Watch the gripping trailer below…

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.