Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is both brilliant and shocking. Brilliant is the portrayal of the protagonists, Amy and Nick Dunne, their twisted, egotistical personalities. The plot is so gripping I couldn’t put the book down. I like the novel’s structure too—Amy’s narration alternating with that of Nick’s. Shocking is the ending. It truly is. But I won’t dwell on it, as much as I’d love to, since I wouldn’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read this book yet.
The thriller starts when Amy and Nick are supposed to celebrate their five-year anniversary, but Amy disappears. And so the guessing begins. The police, the community, the media, and ultimately the entire nation (and, of course, the reader) are wondering? What happened to this gorgeous woman, this loving but unappreciated housewife? Where is this wonderful prototype of the bestseller series, Amazing Amy, written by her parents, when she was growing up?
As the story unravels, our perception of both Amy and Nick keeps changing—in a shocking way. It’s a “Whoa!” and “Wait a minute!” and “What???” reaction.
The novel, exploring the subtleties of human nature, makes us wonder if it’s possible to really know another person, even if that person is your spouse.
If you like thrillers, this book is for you.