At the very least, Gone Girl is a profile of a marriage that’s very much off-kilter.
But author Gillian Flynn turns the novel into so much more. It’s a fast-moving, dark and intriguing tale that will find readers chuckling out loud one minute and uttering cries of disbelief the next. Adding to the appeal is the fact that the story is told from two points of view – the husband’s and the wife’s (in her case, diary entries are often used).
Gone Girl is the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, who are about to mark their fifth wedding anniversary. Their lives have been turned upside down. Both have had careers as writers, and they once lived an apparently happy life in Manhattan. But both recently lost their jobs. On top of that, Nick’s mom becomes terminally ill. With nothing holding them in New York any longer they move to Nick’s hometown in Missouri so that he can care for his mom. He’s contented. Amy? Not so much.
Things may not be perfect but they are about to get much worse.
One summer morning, the clever and beautiful Amy disappears. At first it’s feared that she’s been kidnapped. But as often happens in this Nancy Grace/crime talk show era, the case looks much more like murder and as the husband, Nick is quickly becoming the prime suspect.
Amy’s doting parents back him up…at first. His twin sister Margo (“Go”) stands by him…but not without a hint of doubt.
But this is anything but an open and shut case and readers will not see some of the chilling plot twists coming. A small hint? Halfway through the book — look out!! You may think you know whose side to take. You may think you know how to solve this mystery. But it’s not likely.
Perhaps the biggest mystery is that, to look at the author’s sweet-looking dust jacket photo, you would never believe her capable of writing such a deliciously dark and thrilling novel (her third).
Published by Crown, the book is 415 pages long but you will be sorry when this twisted tale is over.
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