Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn


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?

My Thoughts

Gone Girl threw me for a total loop. Just as you think you’ve got it figured out, the entire foundation on which you base your judgement falls to pieces. Time and time again, this occurs. At no point could I keep the footing, the understanding, I thought I’d had. And I loved it! Absolutely loved it! I was desperate for answers, answers that would come to me slowly.

Added to this desperation for the absolute truth is the fact that these characters are incredible. They’re absolutely, incredibly well-developed. They’re fantastic characters. Not so much for their good qualities, but they’re incredible in that neither husband nor wife have any redeeming qualities to them. They are horrible, terrible people. And that is exactly why you can’t stop reading. At no point can I sit back and think to myself: “Yes, I understand why you did this.” Instead, I’m left with: “What the bloody hell…” I have never craved to understand a set of characters more. I want to dive into their psychological make-up, and understand. But I can’t. They are not meant to be understood. You are not meant to relate to them.

As it goes, it is abundantly clear that Amy is gone, and Nick is left to pick up the pieces. They take down anyone, everyone, in their wake. Everyone is collateral damage, and no one is left without a few scrapes and bruises. Even as all the pieces fall into place, and the whole truth comes to light, there is absolutely nothing that can be done about it. This could not have been prevented. This could not be stopped. Pride and ego won’t allow it.

In the hopes of leaving this review spoiler free, I must stop here. There is so much I would like to discuss – but I can’t do so without spoiling some twists, and ruining the ending. Just know that Gone Girl is a thriller unlike any other – and it’s written quite brilliantly. All three of Gillian Flynn’s books are bloody brilliant in their own way. I have never read mystery thrillers like these. They keep you on your toes, keep you guessing, and keep you enthralled. Each book is an adventure – an adventure well worth diving into.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 3, 2014.

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