Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction
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?
After hearing how brilliant this book is, I decided to read this. It had been on my TBR list for a long time.
On the morning of the fifth Wedding Anniversary, Nick’s wife, Amy goes missing. He is astonished and worried because he knows no one who could harm or murder or kidnap Amy. As the investigation starts, Nick becomes the main suspect and he can’t decide what to do. The story is narrated by two perspectives, one by Nick and other by Amy through her diary entries. As you go deep into the story, new twists and turns wait for you but a shock comes when you start reading the part two.
Two perspectives do provide you with the ‘two sides of the same story’ but Gone Girl is more about two characters trying their best to manipulate you to believe them. They both want you to believe them and choose sides. The story is slow paced because it had to be like that, since the characters needed to go inside the minds of the readers. The story is dark and thrilling. It’s not easy to like the book when you reach the end because you’re confused about your feelings. Was it the ending? But what about the amazing twists you witnessed in the story? The effect that the author and the characters had on you when the story completely changed and left you flabbergasted?
Gone Girl is definitely not an easy book to like or review because it plays with your mind. I had to discuss it with a friend after reading it because I was like, ‘What the fuck?’ My friend liked it because he had only seen the movie, which is, in my opinion, very vague. If you haven’t read the book, the movie doesn’t make complete sense. It’s just a series of some events for you then. But Gone Girl is about coupledom, feminism, madness, and misogyny. Coupledom – how the two individuals who loved each other once go from being lovers to strangers. Feminism – you can’t help but agree when you reach the first chapter of the second part. Misogyny and Madness – I won’t spoil it for you. Read the book to understand what I’m saying.
I’m giving it three stars because the story fucks with my mind. It’s a thrilling story with a (sort of) disappointing end. I’m definitely not an easy person to please.