"Love is the world’s infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood."
When the day to raise a glass to Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary comes, the small town of North Carthage is stricken by horrifying news: Amy Dunne has vanished. The investigation kicks off and Nick soon finds himself in everyone’s disgrace, labeled a murderer. Where was he the morning his wife went missing?
This is all I knew prior to picking up the book, and though I think it’s a very vague summary, I also think it’s all I can really give away. On the other hand, I hope it does not put anyone off from Gone Girl because, turns out, it’s a psychological thriller packed with countless twists and turns that will keep you glued to the story.
What are you thinking, Amy? The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who would answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other?
My reading interest has never verged toward this genre but Gone Girl has definitely ignited it. First of all, the plot is incredible, every detail carefully planned-out. It is divided into three parts and though other reviewers have commented on the slow pace of the first section, I personally did not feel it was dragging on and enjoyed it a lot from page one. I also really liked the theme of marriage and the questions that are, I guess, inevitable: Who are you? Who are we? It is frightening that when you marry someone, you promise to share your entire life with them, yet you can never know what goes on in their mind. Love and marriage entail a wide range of emotions and obstacles that, as Nick and Amy prove, can be felt, perceived and dealt with differently.
Having two unreliable narrators is another element of this novel that only adds more craziness, and keeps the twists coming. The investigation process is narrated through Nick’s point of view, alternating with Amy’s diary entries that guide us through their relationship from the very beginning. You might sympathize more with one of them than the other as I did only to change your mind two chapter later and eventually hate them both. You never know what the next page will smash in your face, especially from the second part on. Both Nick and Amy are, hands down, the most vile, unlikable characters I’ve never come across but they are so intriguing in spite of all the negative traits that you will not be able to put the book down.
I stayed up until three a.m. reading Gone Girl, and five pages away from finishing, I wouldn’t have guessed the ending. Quite understandably, my initial reaction was that it was, let me quote myself, “a shit of an ending”. I still would like to see all the suspense be finished off differently but I have let my brain process this novel, and I kind of see why the author did it.
If I were to describe Gone Girl in one word, it would be twisted. Gillian Flynn herself worked on the screenplay as well, and the movie, coming out in October, is getting a different closure to keep the readers interested. I’m excited to see this on the big screen. Gone Girl might not be a casual, lovey-dovey summer read but it is so thrilling you will get through it in no time. I recommend you read the book whatever your literary comfort zone is. So crazy! So gooooooooood!
5/5 + favorite