What do you do when you’re wife disappears and all the evidence makes you the prime suspect?
*This review will contain spoilers and cussing towards the end, so I suggest you stop by the warning*
I picked up Gone Girl because it didn’t take long before this book soared up as a best seller, I swear everybody on goodreads was reading this and their mothers. A phycological thriller focusing around a 5 year marriage between Nick and Amy Dunne, written by Gillian Flynn. The summary of the book sounded gripping, Amy disappears during the 5th anniversary of her marriage, and all the evidence points to Nick, her husband who is the owner of “The Bar” a family owned business and who’s marriage is secretly falling apart.
Amy Dunne, you are badass. You’re a bit of a crazy bitch, but you are one badass woman, I couldn’t decide wether I liked Amy’s character or she disgusted me. Nick Dunne, I loathed you because you were a terrible husband, but I felt bad for you. But lets just talk about the toxic relationship between Amy and Nick and how this romanced flourished, and then was left as a murder scene. Amy and Nick meet at a writers party, Amy writes girl quizzes for a magazine, and Nick is a writers who’s loosing his job to the modern use of technology so he is laid off. This is the reason why writers can’t date, I always said this, Writers can’t click because they’re mentally self absorbed, and when you and your partner are both individually egoistic it suffocates the possibilities of a stable relationship, because you will never understand each other.
Amy lived her whole life being the center of attention, her parents have made a fortune out of their best seller Amy Series, about a fictional girl who was inspired by Amy herself, however the Amy in the books does correct choices, the Amy in real life hates being her the idea investing into her parents wallets. Amy has lived a lavishing life style in New York City, and Nick has lived a suburban middle class life style in Missouri before moving to New York. Nick is also close to his twin sister Margo, before and after his mothers death which is the reason Nick takes his wife Amy (who never plans to leave the comfort of her City) and moves him to his town of Missouri without even asking or considering how Amy would take it. Amy however takes it quite well, she spends the last days taking care of Nick’s mom, and looking over Nick’s father, who in his eyes a woman and a man are not equal. He has been send to a nursing home, because Nick and Margo were never really able to forgive him for how he treated their mother.
On their 5th anniversary, Nick and Amy have an argument the night before. Amy however wakes up the next morning with a pleasant greeting for her husband during breakfast, before he sets off to go to work. Nick leaves Amy in the kitchen and heads off to “The Bar” which he manage to buy with Amy’s reminding trust funds, so therefore it’s technically Amy’s bar (Yes, I hate Nick). Upon getting to the bar and serving himself a drink, he receives a call from a neighbor letting him know his cat is sitting outside his house with the door wide open, now this is strange because Amy would never allow the cat outside, thinking he can run away or get himself into an accident. When Nick gets home, Amy is gone and all that is left is a house set up to look like a kidnap, and not only that a murder scene.
*WARNING: SPOILER ALERT, STOP READING*
In order to understand the crime scene, you have to understand Nick and Amy. Nick and Amy are the opposites that attracted under heavy circumstances of loneliness. Once Amy disappears, it’s normal that a husband should morn and feel emotional, and take action to find his wife, however Nick does not look the least concern to know where Amy is, because Nick is no longer in love with Amy. However we’re also learning about the past tense of the relationship throughout a couple of Amy’s diary entries, in them she writes about how she fell in love with Nick, why she was happy living with Nick, but how he through a number of aggressive tantrums unexpectedly. We also start to learn little details, such as Amy trying to buy a gun because she felt she needed to defend herself, and the pregnancy test that concluded she was having a baby, Amy always wanted a baby although she was told she was most likely never going to be able to have children, Nick however has never really shown any interest in being a father.
A tradition of Amy’s is that every anniversary she sets up certain clues for Nick, in order to get to his present, due to these clues Nick starts to unfold the crime, and it’s obvious that Amy is framing her loving husband, for what reason? For being a cheater. But how can Nick come to show he is not the criminal, he would have to admit to the whole neighborhood that he’s been unfaithful to his loving wife. As Nick begins to try to prove himself not guilty, he can’t help but feel as if the only way out is to let out some secrets of his own. Meanwhile Amy has gotten her money stolen she had saved up and she decides to take refugee with her ex boyfriend Desi Collings who’s spend his entire life obsessing over Amy. So we start feeling for Amy, because she’s a good woman who needs to teach Nick a lesson, till we also learn that Amy has a dark side to her character where if something doesn’t happen the way she likes it, she seeks revenge. She did it with a man who had no interest with her, with her previous high school friend, and now Nick, meaning Desi himself is in danger.
I really feel as if Amy’s character is an insecure woman who needs the attention on her, however I find her a lot more evil then Nick. I did not like Nick’s character because although he’s more innocent then Amy, he’s not very honest even when the time comes around that he must come clean and that just got me so pissed off. I can take Amy’s evil plans and manipulations, I can understand her. But Nick? Nick needed to grow a pair.
This book was well written, I’m looking forward to reading the other best seller by Gillan Flynn because I was hooked on this book, and the ending was intense. I loved the last line, the last part just summed up the whole story in one moment.