Amy Elliott Dunne disappears from the home she shares with her husband in North Carthage, Missouri, on their fifth wedding anniversary, leaving nothing but an anniversary treasure hunt behind. Nick, her husband, is the obvious suspect but this is not a textbook case as Amy’s life of lies begins to unravel and Nick shows his true colours at the most inopportune moments.
The story of Gone Girl follows the police investigation into Amy’s disappearance, taking the reader through many possible kidnappers in the form of people who haunt Amy’s past but eventually the police settle on the most obvious suspect, Amy’s husband Lance Nick Dunne.
Nick reveals secrets about himself that he has hidden from the world, things that make us hate him and love him and pity him in quick succession. Amy constantly reinvents herself as ‘Cool Girl’ or ‘Diary Amy’, hiding Real Amy from the world, but Nick reveals her true identity in a way that she always wanted, but never expected, him to do.
I wasn’t drawn into the Team Nick vs Team Amy idea that Nick himself sets up in the novel. Instead I loved and loathed both of these characters in equal measures, and the only character I truly hated was Desi with his smarmy, sickly nature. We are meant to hate Desi though, in a way that we will never hate Nick, no matter how much he thinks about killing his wife.
While it may seem difficult to relate to characters as twisted as Nick and Amy the first person narrative forces you to see their perspective, even if you don’t agree with their actions and thoughts. While first person narrative is often annoying Flynn uses the voices of Amy and Nick in a way that captivates the reader and keeps you turning the pages as you find out their motivations and their something.
Gone Girl is a fantastic example of it’s genre, full of twists and turns and literally thrilling. Buy it and let yourself be captivated by Gillian Flynn’s astounding writing. You’ll be left wanting more as you turn the final page, and you’ll be left wondering ‘what now?’ for both Nick and Amy, and yourself.
Started: 8th January 2015
Completed: 20th January 2015