Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Length: 568 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: Nick Dunne enters his empty, unlocked, house to signs of a struggle. His wife is missing. As the
husband, he is the first suspect that the police have and they begin to book evidence that may or may not
exonerate him. The story is told from the present forward in Nick’s voice, and historically in his wife’s.
Like most tellings, the truth is another story.
Banter Points: I had been told by several people that this story was out there, or down right creepy. One person that spoke of it speculated about the author.
I’m speculating, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the author has had some personal experience with sociopaths and other personality types that fill headlines these days. There is a growing recognition of the sociopath down the street or around the corner. Gillian Flynn builds her story on the premise of “how well do you know those you live with and love?”
Nick and Amy have had the typical bumpy marriage with set backs due to job loss, parental influence, and unresolved childhood issues. Neither is successful in their career of their choice, neither thought that they would ever leave the confines of NYC. Neither would have suspected that the other could have committed the actions that they did.
As Flynn crafts her story, she challenges the readers views of the characters, and their own lives. How much is faked? What is real? Did Nick or Amy build their relationship jointly or was it imposed upon one of them?
As a reader going into the story, I knew something was off. It’s the dangers of reading a book a few years after release, especially when it’s been turned into a movie as well. It didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story; in fact, it probably put my guard up sooner to the red flags that were occurring. Something was off, and I was looking for clues before I knew what the crime was.
Bummer Points: After discussing with someone that knew the ending, I realized my thoughts about it differed from theirs. Personally, I’m a fan of stories that aren’t clear cut and we which thought that the final two chapters meant something a little different. Not everyone is like that though, and I’ve heard that the movie translation didn’t translate well to the big screen. It’s a call-out primarily for those that don’t appreciate this
sort of ending.
Now that I’m in the club that has read it, I can ask others what they thought happened at the end.
Stacie’s Recommendation: It’s fab and on my must read list.
Double Take: Bethany’s review of Gone Girl