I had a long debate in my mind before writing this review. Shall I really write the review. I guess, half of the world must have read it by now. What about the other half? Well, it seems they have seen the movie. Well, whatever. If you are already familiar with the story of Gone Girl, I hope this post amuses you and bring back some relating memories, otherwise keenly read this.
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn is all about toxicity in a marriage between two virulent characters. Those kind of characters which will serve the our literature needs for quite a time. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy Dunne goes missing. Yes she is the Gone Girl. Their front door is open, the coffee table shattered, books scattered. Nick calls the police but there’s something off about his reactions. He keeps referring to Amy in the past tense, and then catching himself. And he is not quite worried enough about her disappearance but defends by calling himself a ‘laid-back’ guy. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media as well as Amazing Amy’s fiercely doting parents, the 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? The book is set in Carthage, Missouri.
Gone Girl switches between Nick’s narrative, as the hunt for the amazing Amy consumes the attention of America’s media, and Amy’s diary, as she writes about the early days of their relationship. The plot of the book is specimen of an imaginative mind and full of twists and turns. Though some of those twists and turns, you might be able to predict if you are familiar with the game of crime fiction novels. I conquered some twists before handedly and felt proud, I have a tendency to feel good and pleased with myself when I solve mysteries on myself; but then when I reached the end, I was stupefied as you will be. That feeling of pride is gone and never coming back. I am not even concerned about that any more. No reader will be. You will have to focus properly because Gone Girl is all about how it ends. The ending might not be amicable to many, but this is how it ends and you’ll have to deal with it. I am dealing with it too.
Gillian Flynn is impressive with her writing, her choice of words. The whole book is cleverly written. Clever, unreliable characters that are ready to blow your mind. Characters who will ‘earn’ your hate by the end of the book. Gone Girl is a part crime fiction and a part psychological thriller. After reading the book and putting it down, you might realise that in those four/five hundred pages (depending on the edition and publisher) you have read are not the part of the reality. It does not exist fundamentally in real life as you do. And it can take a nick of time to realise this fact.
4 out of 5!