Gone Girl is a thrilling suspense novel
Gone Girl is a thrilling suspense novel written by Gillian Flynn. This story is a 432-page page-turner that I never wanted to put down. From the beginning of the book, the reader will be caught in the scandalous, confusing, and realistic world of a seemingly perfect couple who are anything but perfect. I read the first edition of the book that was published by Crown Publishing Group in June 2012. It gave a raw perspective on the reality that marriages take work, and that every situation may not be what it seems. I highly recommend this novel to any person who enjoys being entirely enraptured by a thrilling novel that makes you question every piece of the plot.
To begin, husband Nick Dunne narrates a confusing dialogue about how to disassemble different things. “Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts. What are you thinking Amy?”(Flynn 1) Just like much of the story the reader won’t be able to understand the meaning behind his dialogue until later in the story. Lies are a recurring theme of this novel, and the reader has to figure out what’s the truth continually; the reader is often wrong. How could the precious “Amazing Amy” be missing or possibly dead? She’s the perfect New-York girl who has insanely wealthy parents who use her as a heroine of their fictional stories. I think this was a constant manifestation of who she ‘had’ to be which could explain why she had multiple personalities. But she can’t be dead right?
The only connection Nick had of Amy was the annual scavenger hunt that she made to reminisce on their memories together. While Nick struggled to get through the scavenger hunt; as usual, Flynn would switch into Amy’s point of view. She wrote journal entries about their marriage and how it was falling apart. “He pauses, and I know he is about to lie. The worst feeling: when you just have to wait and prepare yourself for the lie… he doesn’t like to explain himself”(Flynn 157). This was a pivotal part of the story because the writing displayed her “invisible Amy” personality which contradicted her own reality. She made up many personalities, and you never knew who she was: is she invisible Amy, Amazing Amy, or someone else entirely?
This story is a total roller-coaster that no one ever wants to get off. Nick and Amy Dunne spend their time discussing different stories, and they never align with one another. During the disappearance, Nick will address the reader and try to apologize for his behavior. Amy in a way also tries to bring an emotional appeal to the reader because her diary entries bring you into her world of the marriage. They are both incredibly sickening liars, and they won’t only lie to each other to get what they want.
With great appraisal, Gone Girl was made into a movie in 2014 starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. I felt that the film reflected most of the storyline given in the book, but it neglected a few details I thought were essential to the development. For example, Andie, Nick Dunne’s young mistress rarely made an appearance in the film. I thought she should be shown more because it was the first time in the story that Nick was honest with the audience, and she was a contributor to their failing marriage. Other than that, I thought it was a good reflection of the heart of the story and that the casting of the roles was chosen well.
When I reached the end of the novel, I was genuinely appalled by what I read. I honestly thought I knew what would happen through the course of the story and I was proven wrong every time. It impressed me how well Flynn could write having to write such complex and psychologically disturbed characters. To summarize, “...it is the portrait of a marriage so riddled with hypocrisy and bile that it would send Ingmar Bergman screaming out of the theater and into the nearest bar to share a drink with August Strindberg”(Allevea). The ending was disappointing because I felt a connection towards Nick’s character; however, it proved the sacrifices people would do in impossible situations. This was a very well-developed story, and I think everyone should take the chance and go on the wild ride that Gone Girl has hidden in its pages.