Review: Gone Girl

Synopsis

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My thoughts

To describe this book in one word is difficult. It was both brilliant and unsettling. I thoroughly enjoyed it and yet I also found it profoundly disturbing.
A real psychological thriller; twisted, gripping, sensational.

“What are you thinking, Amy?” The question Nick Dunne finds himself asking most often during his marriage. It seems like he never really knows his wife; never knows Amy.

This is not a traditional love story by any means although it follows the lines of courtship and marriage.
There are real life setbacks and experiences in terms of debt, job losses, relocation, family illnesses, affairs.
Things are told from both sides, both Amy and Nick’s perspectives (or perceived perspectives) and one’s allegiance shifts throughout.

There is also an air of omission throughout the whole story. To me it felt as though there was always something missing; something overlooked; something beneath the surface that you just couldn’t see.
Things do start falling into place as the story progresses. Every time you think you know what is going on, there is another twist; another bombshell.

In conclusion

Neither of these complex characters are in actual fact very nice people. Good people.
They are playing a game. Against each other. They are each others antagonists. Putting forward the best version of themselves to us. Trying to hide their multitude of flaws and mistakes and misdemeanors. But they are unable to live without each other which makes the ending inevitable.
Relationships are complicated and involve a certain level of compromise. This level of control is unhealthy.

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