Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My schedule was pretty much gone as soon as I picked up Gone Girl. I started reading it one evening before bed and stayed up way too late. Then the next morning I groggily rolled out of bed and promptly finished off both the book and the rest of the day.
What takes you away in Gone Girl begins in the first chapter with a description of Amy (the Girl in question) from her husband’s perspective. The marriage is in trouble and Nick is almost afraid to go downstairs and face his crepe-making wife on their fifth anniversary. Nick’s twisting gut as he stands at the top of the stairs and gathers up courage to enter the kitchen is enough to put a tiny little hook in you. When the second chapter shifts to Amy’s perspective, a diary entry from when Amy and Nick first met, we see a couple made to make each other happy, and you instantly want to know what happened to these two between now and then.
By the time the third chapter starts with Amy’s disappearance, I was completely sucked in. As the chapters fly by, the investigation unfolds, and Nick in the present isn’t looking so good. In fact, he’s definitely looking like he might have killed the wife he was afraid to face in the kitchen. But in Amy’s diary chapters, Nick in the past looks like the perfect boyfriend and husband of the year. Which is he? By the time the diary entries catch up with the investigation, you still aren’t quite sure what’s going on … and then everything changes.
Bam! So hooked.
New revelations continue to shift your perspective right to the end of Gone Girl. But the greatest strength of this book might be its greatest weakness as well. The book, and the marriage, goes back and forth so many times on who the bad guy is that by the time you truly and finally know what is really going on, I have to admit that I almost didn’t care.
Still, when 99% of the ride is breathtaking, does it matter that you crash at the end?
On a warm summer morning in Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media – as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents – the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter – but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?