Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Release Date: 2012
Gone Girl is the disturbing thriller that dives into the very twisted marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne. It is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary and Amy has disappeared without a trace. It does not take long until the search for Amy becomes a nation-wide spectacle, with all eyes on Nick. Nick’s bizarre behavior results in media outrage, with everyone insisting that Nick is Amy’s killer. However, Amy’s body has yet to be found. Nick begins his own search for his missing wife when he discovers a clue to the annual anniversary scavenger hunt that Amy left behind. As he makes his way through the scavenger hunt, he begins to uncover harrowing truths about his wife.
Gone Girl was an incredibly gripping novel and it was hard for me to put it down. I found myself quickly flipping through the pages and wildly anticipating what could happen next. I think that Flynn built an incredibly complex and layered mystery. There were several plot twists that I hadn’t expected and the beginning of Part Two really shocked me. Without spoiling the book, Part Two is when I really started to think differently of the main characters. I had sympathized with Amy in Part One but had lost all respect for her in Part Two and began to really dislike her.
Gone Girl is split into three different parts and in each part, the perspective of the story shifts. In Part One: Boy Loses Girl, the story is told from Nick’s perspective in real time and Amy’s perspective in a journal. Amy’s journal depicts the rise and fall of a troubled marriage and I thought that it was really interesting to see how Nick and Amy ended up so unhappy. However, the journal suggests that Amy’s perfectionist attitude and Nick’s go-with-the-flow attitude had been clashing for quite some time. In Part Two: Boy Meets Girl and Part Three: Boy Gets Girl Back, the journal entries stop and both Amy’s and Nick’s actions happen in real time.
The only reason why I did not give this book a 5/5 is simply because of the ending. I think that the ending was one of the most disappointing endings that I have ever read. After learning the truth about Amy, Nick almost gives in to their toxic relationship and alludes to a dependence on it. The ending made both Nick and Amy terribly unlikeable and I really would have preferred something different. I have heard that the film version may change the ending and I am really hoping that it does.
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The film adaptation of Gone Girl will be released in theaters this Friday, October 3.