Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone GirlFlynn opens Gone Girl from Nick Dunne’s point of view: “When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.” And a few paragraphs later, “Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it…” Right away, Nick reminded me of serial killer Dexter Morgan from Showtimes’s Dexter, which happens to be one of my favorite shows. Nick’s unique voice was an immediate hook. Gone Girl explores the dysfunctional marriage of Nick and his wife Amy Elliot Dunne. After Nick’s mother is diagnosed with cancer and they both lose their writing jobs, they decide to relocate from New York City to Nick’s hometown in North Carthage, Missouri. Nick and his twin sister Margo (Go) work long hours at their bar, while Amy sits alone at home nestled in a development, pining for the city. I can picture the house clearly- overgrown as if on steroids, with a tiny yard and mere feet from an identical house. (I can’t stand those homes). On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick comes home to find the front door wide open, his wife’s cat on the porch, and the living room in disarray. And no Amy. Nick swears he has nothing to do with Amy’s disappearance but is he telling the truth? Is Amy still alive? We hear Amy’s point of view in chapter two and in alternating chapters throughout, but it’s not present day, it’s via past diary entries. Even though Nick is by all accounts an a-hole, I identify more with him because Nick is authentic whereas Amy seems contrived. Girl Gone is filled with as much suspense as a roller coaster in the dark. This book is un-put-down-able- I read all 444 pages within a few hours.  I won’t spoil the ending but I’ll leave off with another quote from Nick, “I knew this was Amy’s pretty skull floating down 7th Avenue in front of me. I knew it was her and that we would be together.”

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