Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I’m sure glad I didn’t read this when I was just about to enter a relationship. I would have walked, no run, no flown to the exit. While reading it, my wife asked me what genre the book was. I answered, “It’s kind-of-a murder mystery – drama – romance – fantasy – ahhhhh, I don’t know what it is, but it’s really good, and well written.”

What else could I say? Any detail would have been a spoiler. One thing for sure, this author can really get into a character’s head, even a totally bizarre head, and make you feel like you’re that person, regardless of whether it’s a man, a woman or a monster. I won’t say any more about that. It’s a page-turner and there’s no way to guess the outcome. It’s too weird and yet completely appropriate. How’s that for confusing?

The setup seems straightforward. Nick Dunne is an out-of-work journalist. He’s thirty-five years old, bright, fit, a good-looking guy, no trouble attracting women. But Nick isn’t focused on other women because he’s married to Amazing Amy, a gorgeous blonde knock-out woman, the kind that men stop on the street and stare at. It turns out that she’s unemployed also, but she has money. Well, I think she has. Maybe not. You’ll have to read the book and find out.

It’s their fifth wedding anniversary. They have no kids and you’d think this would be a great time for a celebration, a party, a trip to the Caribbean, but something’s wrong. Amy has disappeared. So, as you might have guessed, she’s the Gone Girl.

Now, what’s with this Amazing Amy moniker? I won’t be giving too much away to tell you that her parents made a ton of money by creating and marketing Amazing Amy dolls. Not only is Amy missing, she’s all over the place as a doll.

But wait! How can Amy be in the novel if she’s missing? Not only that, she alternates chapters with Nick, both in first person using lots of internal dialogue. Now, this is clever. It’s not Amy, herself. It’s Amy speaking from her diary. So the book begins with Nick in real time and Amy on the pages of her diary.

So, read this book. I dare you.

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