Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl Review
There are no bodies or accumulation of murders. The suspense comes from this married couple, Nick and Amy, and trying to figure out who to believe. It’s a he-said/she-said tug-of-war. - Gillian Flynn on Gone Girl
My Quickie Summary: Amy Dunne is missing and her husband Nick becomes the likely murder suspect. As the police piece together the evidence and Nick attempts to prove his innocence, the fake and real sides of both husband and wife are exposed.
Their Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl 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 in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
Thoughts on the Book: Gone Girl got off to a slow start. As I turned the first 150 pages, I kept asking myself, what do people find so great about this book? Then things really started to happen. I found myself pulling out the book everywhere I went, laughing during Amy’s narrations (she has some great comical lines) and giving a disappointed head shake at other character actions. Once I hit the 150 page mark, I had to know where Amy was, whether Nick would go to jail, and how everything would turn out in the end. After that point, the book went from a 3 to a definite 4. I was a little disappointed with the ending, not because it wasn’t satisfying, just because it selfishly wasn’t what I wanted to happen. Since I didn’t know anybody else in my circle that read the book yet, I even went as far as downloading podcasts to hear others talk about the book. In a book like this one, you expect some great twists with little to no predictability. Flynn doesn’t fail.
Excerpt: That night at the Brooklyn party, I was playing the girl who was in style, the girl a man like Nick wants: the Cool Girl. Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny, woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s best culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.
Gillian Flynn on how she came up with the premise for Gone Girl: I wanted to write about marriage. In my first two books, my protagonists were single almost to the point of not having much attachment to anyone else in the world. I wanted to explore the opposite — when you willingly yoke yourself to someone for life, and what happens when it starts going wrong. I’m playing with the idea of courtship as a con game: You want this other person to like you, so you’re never going to show them your worst side until it’s too late. (Read more . . .)
Overall, a great and recommended read. And if you didn’t know, Flynn mentioned in several interviews that she hoped to have the screenplay completed by the end of last year. Reese Witherspoon is set to star in and produce the film adaptation.
Happy reading, y’all.