When I decided to check out Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel, Gone Girl, I didn’t know what to expect. On the outside it seems like the standard murder mystery/missing wife saga. Wife goes missing. Husband stands accused. He or mistress killed her. The end. This novel is so not that.
Told through the husband Nick’s point of view, and the missing wife Amy’s diary entries, Gone Girl is the story of a marriage gone horribly wrong. Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, a twist comes in to turn your head around. Flynn does a fantastic job keeping the reader engaged while the events unfold. In fact, the story was so addictive, I could barely put it down. Here is the official synopsis:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? (Source: Gillian Fylnn)