The synopsis of this novel will be brief, namely because I cannot write too much about what happens over the course of this novel or I will certainly ruin it for you. At the opening of Gone Girl, we meet Nick Dunne (and wife, Amy) on the morning of their 5th wedding anniversary. A brief history of their relationship is given as we get to know these characters in their current setting of North Carthage, Missouri. Amy and Nick were both writers who were laid off within months of one another from jobs in New York City. Faced with one parent on the brink of a death and another slowly making his way there, Nick makes the decision for them to move back to his hometown.
Like any other marriage, Amy and Nick have their fair share of ups and down. When we meet them, however, there are more downs than ups. On the morning of their anniversary Nick leaves the house, presumably to buy his wife a gift. When he returns, however, the house is in disarray and Amy is missing. It is at this point that you need to suspend any and all beliefs that whatever you think happened, actually happened. Because you're almost nearly ever right. I pride myself on figuring out the mystery before the author fully reveals all pieces and Flynn does an excellent job of making you feel as if you've figured it out, but then sends you further down the rabbit hole with twists and turns.
A while back on Twitter I becan describing certain books as #facepunchlit. They’re the type of books that are so surprisingly good that it feels like you’ve been punched in the face after reading them. You're in sort of a punch drunk haze where nothing seems clear and everything you previously understood to be right about the world is a bit askew. After reading Flynn’s Gone Girl, I had a similar feeling. I swiped to read the last page on Kindisha (yes, I’ve named my Kindle) and felt winded.
There were a few points in the novel where I was certain about what was going to happen next (and in some cases right), but Flynn takes whatever I expected and flips it on its ear. I went back and forth believing one character to be the root of all of the troubles then the other. I found myself sympathizing with everyone at different junctures, which is odd for me. I normally see a clear "bad guy" and/or "good guy" and hop on whichever bandwagon I see fit from the beginning. Reading Gone Girl I switched loyalties a smooth 3.75 times and found myself not knowing whose back I really should have had all along.
I also found myself downloading Flynn's previous novels no sooner than 10 minutes after finishing Gone Girl. If you're looking for a book (and author) that will not only entertain, but make you use your brain while reading, I highly recommend that you check out Gone Girl. You will not regret it.
Published: June 2012
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.
Theme: Amy, Amy, Amy by Amy Winehouse