GONE GIRL... Undeniably, the most creepy, charismatic,
malicious, and mercurial thriller (or crime drama?) that
I've read in a long time. Gillian Flynn writes two
narratives in which both of the narrators are unreliable.
Think of a marriage in which The Bad Seed and The Good Son
grow up and get married to each other. Amy and Nick each
tell their side of the story and both tap into secret
spaces in our minds.
Flynn begins with a well-worn tropeâ€”that of the wife who
disappears under suspicious circumstancesâ€”and in which the
husband is the prime suspect. Then the plot twists in
sinister ways, but always with an underlying dark humor.
She meticulously explores the lengths that people will go
to re-invent themselves in order to be loved or even to be
the best at something. Can marriage be a crime? Are we at
our best with our enemies? These are questions that you
will ask as you read GONE GIRL.
Add to this a cast of secondary characters that fluctuate
with unnerving irregularity. There are the loving parents
with a perfect marriage who base their best-selling
Amy book series on the life of their daughterâ€”or at least
how they would like their daughter to be. Nick's faithful
twin sister, the cops, the current girlfriend, the old
boyfriendsâ€”they all make an appearance and all are as
changeable as the headlines of a gossip rag.
In my opinion, GONE GIRL can be read, at most, in two
settings. There is a spot right in the middle in which you
can bear to put the book down for a while (you'll know
you see it). And while you are away, you are still
of the book and talking about it. But when you pick it up
again, it will adhere to your hands until you are
Readers who like plot twists and don't mind being made to
feel foolish, should read GONE GIRL. Gillian Flynn is
really one devious diva. In fact, she is amazing...
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is
Nick and Amy Dunneâ€™s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are
being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nickâ€™s
clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year
Nick isnâ€™t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy
daydreams about the slope and shape of his wifeâ€™s head, but
passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl
perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.
Under mounting pressure from the police and the mediaâ€”as
well as Amyâ€™s fiercely doting parentsâ€”the town golden boy
parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and
inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and heâ€™s
definitely bitterâ€”but is he really a killer?