Summary (from Goodreads):
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. 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?
Gone Girl was last year's summer hit novel, but I never found the time to read it then. Partly because I didn't want the hype to guide my reading. So I waited a whole year to read it on my own terms, and I'm glad I did.
Before starting the novel, I knew it was about the disappearance of Amy Dunne, half of a dysfunctional marriage, and that I was in for a surprise. So I knew that things wouldn't be as simple as they seemed at the start of the novel. And yet I can't say knowing this spoiled the story - I really couldn't stop reading, and I didn't foresee the ending. This was a page-turner like no other I have ever read.
Gillian Flynn has created horrid characters - both Amy and Nick have their own set of very important problems, and I wouldn't like to meet them in real life. Reading the dissection of their crumbling marriage is like watching a train wreck. It is awful, but you won't stop looking. With every page, it gets worse, but more gripping - Gillian Flynn has masterfully created two characters you love to hate. It is the first time that a story about another middle/high-class mess of a marriage has kept me on edge. I raked my brain over the to-ing and fro-ing, over Nick's lies and Amy's diary and clues, and I loved the ending. While it is true that it is a bit anti-climatic, specially for such a well-written thriller, it is smart, a Mexican stand-off of sorts. I am curious about the new ending Flynn has written for the film, because I was quite happy with this one.
I also liked the descriptions of life in North Carthage, Nick's relationship with Margo, his fear of becoming his father, the poverty and the abuse and the precarious situation of the people living in this town, the Amazing Amy stories, and the vacuous New York friends. Everyone has their own very believable voice, and everyone has their own bleak story. Gillian Flynn definitely knows how to write, and I can't wait to get my hands on her backlist.
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