REVIEW: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Posted in Four Stars, Review, Subplot Romance by - August 20, 2015
REVIEW: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Release Date: June 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Source: Library Hardcover
Rating:  L-3 | S-2 | V-1

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“Ooooh, Andie, I’ve heard really good things about this one!”

And rightfully so! “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn is a mystery-thriller starring Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple celebrating their fifth anniversary the day Amy disappears.   The book alternates the point of view every chapter, so we see the development of Nick and Amy’s relationship through each character’s eyes, with Nick narrating current events and Amy describing their past through her diary entries.

But everybody knows when a wife disappears, it’s her husband’s fault.  So Nick is at the centre of the police investigation, with evidence piling up against him piece by damning piece.

“So did he do it?”

Spoilers!  I’m not telling.  I will say that at first I was sure he didn’t, but it becomes increasingly obvious over the course of the novel that Nick is lying to the police about something.  What wasn’t clear was whether he was a murderer or just a piece of shit.

“I’ve heard this book is unputdownable.”

It is.  I was iffy on it for about the first third of the book, and then I decided to read a bit before bed.  This was around 9:30pm.  At 3:30am, I had finished the book.  It was absurd.  (Me, not the book.)

This book has twists upon twists.  Nothing is as it seems. Nick and Amy are twisted and thoroughly unlikeable, but that doesn’t stop the book from engaging the reader.  More likeable characters like Nick’s twin sister Margo and lawyer Tanner Bolt keep the reader from losing their head.

“Is the ending totally fucked up?”

Yes.  Absolutely.  About 2/3 of the way through the book, I started thinking of the possible endings.  And I thought to myself, “Well, X ending won’t happen, that would be totally unsatisfying.”  Let me tell you—X ending did happen, and it was perfect.

“Wait, so where’s the romance?”

The romance comes from Nick and Amy’s relationship.  Through her diary entries, we see how they meet and fall in love.  Then, when she’s gone, we see Nick start to fall in love with her all over again as he finds notes she left for him as part of his anniversary present.  By the end of the book, it’s obvious these two were meant for each other.

“Anything else you want to point out?”

Just this: when I was only 1/3 of the way through the book, I was talking to one of my friends about it over text message.  She said she didn’t like Nick.  I said I wasn’t that fussy on him but didn’t hate him, and she basically said, “Give it time.”  Here’s our text history from last night:

A screenshot of text messages between Andie and her friend Kimbia

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Andie is a 27-year-old romance aficionado who enjoys Netflix, sleeping, video games, and treating her dog like a human baby. She's a triple Aquarius and works to make the world a better place by signing many Change.org petitions.

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