Guest Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published in 2012
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Borrowed from The Mystery Corner
Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
This much talked about, critically acclaimed thriller is the third novel by American author, Gillian Flynn. And YES, the hype about the book – and the movie adaptation thereof – REALLY is fully justified.
On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy, disappears under suspicious circumstances. The novel’s narration style kicks off by alternating between Nick’s version in the present and Amy’s version in the past, by means of her diary. It soon becomes clear that they have contradictory versions about the dynamics of their marriage. To add to the confusion Noelle, Amy’s best friend, does not have anything good to say about Nick, but then again it’s quite evident that there is not a lot of love between Margo, Nick’s twin sister, and Amy.
Who is telling the truth, and what exactly happened to Amy?
This captivating thriller kept the suspense and uncertainty going. I had a few close guesses, but can honestly say I did not anticipate ALL the twists, or as I call them:
I did not have a favourite character in this book. However, I did not like Amy’s parents at all. These two creative-genius child psychologists created a children book series when Amy was young, called ‘The Amazing Amy’. Whenever ‘real life’ Amy screwed up something, ‘The Amazing Amy’ would excel in it in the next book. I feel that they passive aggressively invalidated her reality as a child by trying to “rectify” it through a fictional character.
But before I go way off topic, a side note: Anyone with a slight interest in psychopathology and dysfunctional relationships will not be disappointed by the range of related themes to discuss.
By the time Gone Girl’s ending delivered one final unexpected KAPOW! I not only felt enticed to rethink my views on long term relationships, but also profoundly identified with the following quote by the Irish Mail on Sunday:
“Gone Girl is a book you’ll be begging other people to read, just so you can discuss it with them.”
I am begging.