Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published: 2012 by Crown Publishers
Source: Purchased (e-book)
I can’t give this book a true “review” because for me it is the kind of book that one must discover on their own. And then discuss with everyone once you’ve finished.
The novel is told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of the main characters, Nick and Amy Dunne. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, a neighbor calls Nick at his bar (c0-owned with his twin sister) to say that the front door of his home is wide open. Nick comes home to find some signs of struggle and his wife gone. After answering one of the routine questions asked of him, Nick declares to the reader that “It was my fifth lie to the police. I was just starting.”
Amy’s chapters are her diary entries, beginning in 2005 when she first met Nick in New York and continues through their courtship, marriage, and their unemployment that spurred them to move back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri. But this diary seems to leave out as much as it reveals.
And that’s all I really want to say about the plot. What seems like a cut and dried mystery is anything but. Neither Nick nor Amy are great people and the true thrill of the book is discovering their characters along with unraveling what really happened.
And then comes the ending. I know some people who read this book before I did and kept saying that once you’ve finished it is something you have to find someone with whom to discuss it. I was expecting a completely different ending and while some people say that it was the only possible ending, I disagree. So read Gone Girl — sooner rather than later — so we can talk about it!